US to extend waivers on trade with Iran only in return for deal with Exxon Mobil

FNA – The US has told Baghdad that it would extend waivers on Iraq’s continued trade with Iran only if the Arab state signs a deal with the American energy company, Exxon Mobil, by mid June, Iran’s ambassador to London said quoting a senior Iraqi expert.

“According to some Iraqi political sources, the US has informed the Iraqi government that if it inks an energy contract with the US firm Exxon Mobil before by mid next month, the US administration will issue waivers for continued cooperation between the Iraqi government and Iran,” Iranian Ambassador to London Hamid Baeedinejad said in a tweet on Sunday quoting Muhanad Seloom as saying.

Seloom wrote on his twitter page that “according to Yazanjiboury, the son of MP Masha’an al-Jebouri, (the) US (is due) to extend Iraq’s waiver (to continue dealing with Iran economically despite US sanctions if Iraq signs a deal before 14 June with Exxon Mobil”.

His remarks came as Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi held a phone call with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over boosting bilateral ties and cooperation in various field, as well as Iraq’s desire to transfer American technology into Iraq.

A statement issued Saturday by his office, said that Abdul Mahdi received a phone call from Pompeo, in which he “stressed the importance of boosting cooperation between the two friendly countries and deepening economic relations”.

Abdul Mahdi expressed his country’s “desire to transfer American technology and expertise into Iraq to create job opportunities and develop its vital sectors,” the statement said.

Abdul Mahdi also affirmed the importance of boosting efforts by the two sides to resolve “the final negotiations and the signing of the (One Package) project with the US Exxon Mobil company to develop the Iraqi energy sector,” the statement said without giving further details about the project.