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Iran foreign minister in Baghdad for talks

AFP  |  Baghdad 

Iranian met with his Iraqi counterpart in on Sunday for wide-ranging talks, including on US sanctions against

The visit came just days after US made a surprise stop on his regional tour to urge to stop relying on for gas and imports.

has granted a waiver until late March to keep buying Iranian gas and power, despite reimposing tough sanctions on in November.

After a two-hour meeting on Sunday, Iraq's top said he had talked through the restrictions with his counterpart.

"We discussed the unilateral economic measures taken by the US and are working with our neighbour (Iran) on them," Hakim said.

He said the two talked through various political and economic issues, including and Yemen, in a "long and interesting meeting".

Hakim said was in favour of the reinstating Syria's membership, eight years after suspending it as the conflict there unfolded. is expected to attend several economic forums in various Iraqi cities, including Sulaymaniyah in the Kurdish north.

is the second-largest source of imported goods in

Besides canned and cars, also buys 1,300 megawatts of and 28 million cubic metres of daily from to feed power plants.

That dependence is uncomfortable for Washington, which sees as its top regional foe and expects Iraq to wean itself off Iranian

But between Baghdad and Tehran appear to have remained close, with Iran's minister visiting Baghdad last week to denounce US sanctions as "totally illegal".

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 00:25 IST
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