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U.S. grants new Iran sanctions waiver to Iraq

Iraq has been granted a 90-day extension to continue critical Iranian energy imports, following the expiration of the original 45-day waiver.
Then-U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Doug Silliman, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Iraqi Oil Minister Thamir Ghadhban, and Iraqi Electricity Minister Luay al-Khatteeb (left to right) give a press conference in Baghdad on Dec. 11, 2018. (BEN VAN HEUVELEN/Iraq Oil Report)

The Trump administration has granted Iraq a new, 90-day exemption from sanctions targeting Iran, enabling Iraq to continue energy imports that account for about one-third of the country's electricity supply.

When the sanctions first snapped back into effect, on Nov. 5, the U.S. granted a 45-day waiver, and that grace period has now been extended by another 90 days, according to multiple officials on both sides of the negotiations.

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