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Iraq PM cancels visit to sanctions-hit Iran

AFP  |  Baghdad 

Iraqi has cancelled a visit to Iran, his press office said today, days after announced it would comply with US sanctions against

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

The previous day an Iraqi who did not want to be named had said Abadi would also visit neighbours and to discuss economic issues.

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

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

It came after US withdrew from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

"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 and

An Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, asked about a possible visit by Abadi, said that he had "so far not received any or information whatsoever about this trip," the semi-agency reported.

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First Published: Sun, August 12 2018. 19:55 IST