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Iran’s Rouhani in Iraq for ‘historic’ visit to offset U.S. sanctions

Mustafa Salim , Erin Cunningham and Tamer El-Ghobashy write for The Washington Post:

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was in Baghdad on Monday on his first state visit to Iraq since his election six years ago, shoring up political and trade relations as part of Tehran’s growing clout in the region.

Rouhani, a relative moderate, used the start of his three-day trip to criticize the United States, which has sought to isolate Iran on the international stage. Iraq is a key battleground for rising tensions between Iran and the United States in the Middle East, and the visit is expected to emphasize economic ties to help offset U.S. sanctions on Iran.

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