Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Iran-Iraq Relations

Land border between Iran and Iraq reopens for pilgrims vis free

Iraq has made good on its promise to let Iranian pilgrims enter the country visa-free through the land border between the two countries.

Iran minister: $1.6bn of Iraq’s overdue gas debt received

The Iranian oil minister has announced that Iraq has paid $1.6 billion of its gas debt to the Islamic Republic.

Iraq says will repay 2020 gas debts to Iran ‘within two days’

Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity says it will settle its debts for 2020 gas purchases from Iran “within two days,” as part of measures to avoid a halt in the flow of much-needed gas into the Arab country.

Iranian official: Export natural gas to Turkey rather than Iraq

The secretary of the Iranian Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Products Exporters Union has proposed replacement of Iraq with Turkey as the destination for Iranian natural gas exports.

Iran culture minister: MOU with Iraq seeks to remove obstacles to land travel

Iran and Iraq have signed a memorandum of understanding to increase cooperation in the field of tourism. The MOU was signed after a meeting between Ezzatollah Zarghami Iranian minister of cultural heritage, tourism and handicrafts and Hassan Nadhem the Iraqi minister of culture, tourism and antiquities in Tehran.

Iraqi minister says Iranian pilgrims visit Iraq visa-free daily

Iraqi Interior Minister Othman al-Qanemi says Baghdad has agreed to let 2 thousand Iranian pilgrims enter Iraq visa-free through ground border crossings. Qanemi was speaking in Tehran on Tuesday where he met with his Iranian counterpart Ahmad Vahidi.

New Iran envoy to Baghdad submits credentials to Iraq president

Mohammad Kazem Al-e Sadegh, Iran's new ambassador to Baghdad, has submitted his credentials to the Iraqi President Barham Saleh to start his mission in the neighboring country.

Raisi says Iran favors security in Iraq

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has expressed hope that Iraq’s parliamentary elections will be fruitful and result in the formation of a strong government and security in the country as soon as possible.

Flights to Najaf, Iraq resume at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport

Flights to the Iraqi city of Najaf from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport have resumed after a one-day delay.

Iran ambassador rejects accusations of “water war” against Iraq

Iran’s ambassador to Iraq has dismissed accusations that Iran is to blame for lower water-levels in common rivers with Iraq.

‘Iraq to begin repaying energy debts to Iran in days’

The head of the Iran-Iraq Joint Chamber of Commerce says Baghdad will, in the coming days, resume the process of settling the debts owed to Tehran for its energy purchases, as part of an agreement newly reached between the two neighbors.

Iran’s SNSC chief meets Iraqi parliament speaker

The Iraqi parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi has met with Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) secretary Admiral Ali Shamkhani in Tehran on Wednesday.

Raisi: Iraq’s parliament plays pivotal role in Tehran-Baghdad synergy

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said on Wednesday that the new Iraqi parliament can play an effective role in the economic and social synergy of Iran and Iraq as before.

Amir Abdollahian: Iran enemies should not find safe haven in Iraq

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian says counterrevolutionary elements and those who support partition of Iran should not be allowed to find a safe haven in Iraq to threaten the Islamic Republic.

Iranian Parliament speaker voices support for Iraqi government

Speaker of Iran’s Parliament Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf says the country supports the Iraqi government and parliament and hopes to develop deep ties with Baghdad.

Iraqi parliament chief in Iran for talks with Iranian officials

Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi has arrived in the Iranian capital, Tehran, for talks with Iranian officials.

Vahidi: Still no visa-free entry for land travelers between Iran, Iraq

Iran’s Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi says people still cannot travel between Iran and Iraq through land borders without visas.

Daily: Iraq refuses to issue visa for Iranian pilgrims

The Iranian state-run newspaper Iran has in an editorial criticized the Iraqi government for failing to keep its word to waive visa for Iranian pilgrims willing to visit the Arab country’s religious sites.

Iraqi president calls expansion of ties with Iran “important”

Iraqi President Barham Salih has said expanding bilateral ties with Iran in different areas is very important for Baghdad.

Iraqi PM forms working group to visit Iran for energy talks

Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has assigned a working group to make necessary coordination to resolve technical problems of Iraqi power plants that work with Iranian gas.

President Raisi says Iran favors strong, united Iraq

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi has said the Islamic Republic wants a strong and united Iraq and it hopes to see a political breakthrough there as a result of cooperation and solidarity among mainstream political factions in the country. Raisi made those comments in a meeting with visiting Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein on Thursday.

Amir Abdollahian: Initial agreement reached to release frozen Iran assets

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian says a primary agreement has been reached to release Iran’s assets that have been frozen in a foreign bank due to the US sanctions.

Iraq: We will need Iranian natural gas for coming years

Iraq’s electricity minister says the country has not reached an agreement with Arab countries of the Persian Gulf region and will need to import natural gas from Iran for the coming years.

President Raisi: Iran supports stability in Iraq

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has told his Iraqi counterpart Barham Saleh that the Islamic Republic of Iran believes the slightest insecurity in Iraq will be harmful to the whole region.

Source denies report Iran seeks to meddle in Iraq’s election of president

An informed Iranian source has denied a report by Saudi media that Admiral Ali Shamkhani, Iran’s security chief, is going to visit Iraq for talks with the country’s officials on ways of resolving the current crisis over the election of the Iraqi president.

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