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Iraqi President Barham Salih, center, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Nov. 17, 2018 (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader photo via AP Images).

Reeling From U.S. Sanctions, Iran Tries to Step Up Economic Engagement With Iraq

Friday, Dec. 7, 2018

Iraqi President Barham Salih traveled to Iran’s capital, Tehran, last month for talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The meeting came two weeks after the U.S. reimposed tough sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal. In light of those sanctions, Iran’s economic ties with Iraq, which relies on Iranian gas for nearly half of its energy supply, are of utmost importance to Iranian rulers. In an interview with WPR, Tamer Badawi, a research fellow at the Istanbul-based Al-Sharq Forum, discusses Iran’s strategy for maintaining close commercial ties with Baghdad.

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