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Iraq "ignores" US-imposed sanctions against Iran: minister

07-25-2011 19:29 BJT

TEHRAN, July 25 (Xinhua) -- Oil Minister of Iraq Abdul Kareem Luaiby said here Monday that Baghdad adopts independent policies and therefore ignores the U.S.-imposed sanctions against Iran, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Speaking to IRNA on the sidelines of signing a gas deal between Iran, Iraq and Syria, the Iraqi oil minister said that Iraq is trying to boost its all-out ties with all countries in the world, particularly its neighbors.

With Iraq adopting an independent policy towards its neighbor Iran, the U.S.-imposed sanctions against Iran have nothing to do with Iran-Iraq relations, Luaiby said.

Luaiby expressed his satisfaction with the growing trend of Tehran-Baghdad cooperation in the past few years, IRNA said.

He welcomed the presence of Iranian companies in reconstruction process of his country, particularly in its oil industry, the report said.

On Monday, Iran, Iraq and Syria signed a major gas deal to transfer the country's natural gas from South Pars gas field to Europe.

Dubbed as "Islamic Gas Pipeline" contract, the agreement was signed between Iran's caretaker Oil Minister Mohammad Aliabadi, Oil Minister of Iraq Abdul Kareem Luaiby and Syrian Oil Minister Sufian Allaw at the Asalouyeh energy zone in Iran's southern Bushehr province.

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: Xinhua

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