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.
U.S. grants new Iran sanctions waiver to Iraq
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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