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Abadi cancels Iran visit amid Iranian criticism, Turkey trip continues

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  1. OutOfAmmo

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    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has cancelled a visit to Iran, his press office said Sunday, as the premier came under strong Iranian criticism over his stand on renewed US sanctions against Tehran.

    Abadi will still go ahead with a planned visit to Turkey on Tuesday but has scrapped the Iran leg of the trip "because of his busy schedule", his office said.

    An Iraqi official had said Saturday that Abadi would visit both neighbouring Turkey and Iran to discuss economic issues.

    According to Iraqi political sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, Iran initially agreed to the visit but changed its mind because it was unhappy about Abadi's remarks.

    The premier said last Tuesday that Iraq -- which relies on neighbouring Iran as a source of cheap imports -- would reluctantly comply with US sanctions against Tehran that took effect the same day.

    "We don't support the sanctions because they are a strategic error, but we will comply with them," said Abadi, whose country is an ally of both Tehran and Washington. "In general, sanctions are unjust."

    On Sunday, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's representative in Baghdad lashed out at Abadi as the Tehran visit was called off.

    "These irresponsible remarks have already been condemned by many people. It's a disloyal attitude towards the honest position of Iran and the blood of the martyrs this country has spilt to defend the land of Iraq" against jihadists, said Moujtaba al-Hussein.

    "We are saddened by this position which shows he has been defeated psychologically in the face of the Americans," he said.

    The US sanctions were reimposed after President Donald Trump withdrew from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

    In Tehran, the foreign ministry was more guarded about a possible visit by Abadi.

    A ministry spokesman said he had "so far not received any official news or information whatsoever about this trip", the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/iraq-pm-cancels-visit-sanctions-hit-iran-135427689.html
     
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    That's quite big news especially if Abadi gets the PM role again. He was always balancing between the US and Iran, Iraq's 2 'unofficial allies'. If that goes ahead he will lean to US more
     
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    iran told him not to bother, his days are numbered
     
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    Well honestly, i don't think Iran expects Iraq to ignore sanctions but its one thing to comply behind the scene, its whole other thing to actually announce that you're going to comply.

    why? because Iraq is our ally and if our allies can't even talk tough for Iran, then fvck it :-)
     
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    If that excuse make you sleep better, then so be it...
     
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    that is exactly what we expect
     
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    Iran Mistake is to think Iraq has changed and will be BBF with Iran... &/or Under Iran hands...
    Nah...It's Iraq we are speaking of... Not some thirld world country with no History and Culture....
     
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    What?
    Well, we shouldn't. they're going through stuff.

    So you're saying Iraq is not Tunisia? Hell no. they're not.
     
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    Ofc they are not... But I don't think we need a genius for that...
     
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    Jesus Christ......

    Did it hurt? when you were dropped on your head I mean.

    I AM TRYING TO MOCK YOU
     
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    Seems we both tried...
     
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    hahahahahahaha
     
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    Abadi has no choice but to obey America. Iraq bought F-16 from America. Sellers control. Buyers are controlled. Iraq should have diversified their military buying not only from America but also from Russia. Now Iraq is on a leash because of its bad foresight.
     
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    Iraq is playing neutral between US and Iran, a balancing game. Doesn't want to be part of the axis of resistance and doesn't want to join in with the Gulf-US alliance.

    All these policies are chosen as part of a balancing stance, it's like trying to be a 'Switserland' but in a region where being neutral is not really possible
     
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    If Iraq is truly neutral Iraq wouldn't have bought F-16. Everyone knows. Who buys. Who is controlled. If Iraq were truly neutral Iraq would have bought from EU or from Russia, like buying Rafale and MiG-29 M/M2 like Egypt did. Egypt is neutral. Iraq is not.
     
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