According to AFP report

Iraq PM Abadi cancels Iran visit

العبادی

Tehran (ISNA) – Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi has cancelled his trip to Iran, according to his press office. Iran’s Foreign Ministry earlier denied any such visit was planned in the first place.

The visit was cancelled “because of his busy schedule,” the press office told AFP. The prime minister’s trip to Turkey is still going ahead, however.

News of the cancelled visit came just hours after Bahram Qassemi, the spokesperson for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, said he had not received any official news of the trip.

On Saturday, AFP quoted an official as saying that Abadi “will head to Turkey on Tuesday and Iran on Wednesday to discuss economic affairs with the two countries.”

After the first round of US sanctions targeting Iran's commerce sector went into effect on Tuesday, Abadi noted the world deals the US dollar therefore Baghdad does not want its relations with the US harmed.

He called the sanctions an “essential and strategic mistake.”

“Frankly speaking, we will not react to them. Yes we will comply with them basically because it is a greater state than us,” said Abadi during his weekly presser, adding that as premiere he has to protect the interests of his citizens.

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