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Al-Maliki: Iraq opposed to US anti-Iran sanctions

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 file photo, Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's Nouri al-Maliki has given up his post as prime minister to Haider al-Abadi, state television reported Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 — a move that could end a political deadlock that plunged Baghdad into uncertainty as the country fights a Sunni militant insurgency. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)

IRNA – Former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki reiterated his country’s opposition to the US’ sanctions against Iran.

In a meeting with US Ambassador in Baghdad Douglas Silliman on Tuesday, he stressed the significance of supporting Iraqi future government, saying that Iraq is trying to have best relations with countries across the globe.

During the meeting, both officials discussed future of Iraq-US ties as well as ways to strengthen them.

Al-Maliki further noted that regional stability starts from that of Iraq.

“Iraq is seeking to forge best ties with all countries, as it rejects policy of polarization,” he said.

Iraq is opposed to sanctions against Iran and other countries, he said, noting that the sanctions will first harm the people from all walks of life.

The Iraqi official has on several occasions expressed opposition to anti-Iran sanctions, describing them as in flagrant breach of international regulations.

Earlier, he asked the Iraqi government to remain impartial with regards to the sanctions and not implement them.

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