US grants Iraq a shortened 45-day sanctions waiver before US President Donald Trump’s term ends

An Iraqi official on November 21 informed that the United States has granted Iraq a shortened 45-day sanctions waiver to import Iranian gas that will expire days before US President Donald Trump ends his term and Joe Biden inaugurates.

It must be noted that Baghdad, to supply about a third of its power sector that has been worn down by years of conflicts and poor maintenance, buys gas and electricity from its neighbour Tehran.

In late 2018, the US blacklisted Iran’s energy industry but granted Baghdad a series of temporary waivers. As a gesture of goodwill, Washington, in May, granted Iraq a four-month extension but while renewing it in late September, the Trump administration gave Iraq just 60 days.

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