US sanctions, ineffective in the face of Iranian regional influence

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has sent a serious message to the United States and their regional allies through his visit to Iraq, the Egyptian weekly Al-Ahram Hebdo writes, adding that despite the sanctions imposed on him, Iran still enjoys great influence in Iraq and throughout the region.

In Baghdad, President Rouhani announced that Iran is determined to strengthen its “fraternal” ties with Iraq.

The comparison does not even stand between Baghdad’s relations with Tehran, and those between Iraq and the occupying country of the United States, says Al-Ahram. “It’s impossible to forget the bombs that the Americans have dropped on Iraq, Syria and other countries in the region,” he said.

Citing Iranian sources, the Egyptian newspaper also recalls and especially that several bilateral agreements were signed in the fields of energy, transport, agriculture, industry and health, during this visit.

Al-Ahram does not fail to say that President Rouhani went on a pilgrimage to al-Kazmain, before the official welcoming ceremony that had been reserved for him in Baghdad.

According to Al-Ahram Hebdo, one of the people who accompanied Rohani during his visit to Iraq told Reuters that Iraq represented vast opportunities for economic activities for the RII and another channel for to face the unjust sanctions of the United States.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who also visited Iraq before President Rouhani, described the American sanctions “against the Iranian people” as “illegitimate and arbitrary”.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Baghdad on Monday, March 11, for a three-day visit. His Iraqi counterpart Barham Salih had given him an official welcome at the “Peace Palace”.


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