“Iraq's recent and past debts to our country will be transferred and saved in this account after being exchanged to euro,” the minister said.
This way, transferring the money or using it for purchasing basic goods and medicine will be less problematic considering the U.S. sanctions, he emphasized.
According to the official, the savings in this account can also be used for paying Iranian contractors and companies’ dues in the mentioned country.
Gas exports to Iraq to be resumed
Iraq’s electricity ministry spokesman Ahmed Moussa told Reuters that Iran is going to resume normal gas flows to Iraq following the agreement reached between the two sides on Tuesday.
Iraq owes Iran over $6 billion for electricity and gas imports from the Islamic Republic, of which $3 billion is claimed to be blocked and inaccessible in the Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI).
Iran reduced its gas exports to the neighboring country by over 45 million cubic meters a day (mcm/d) on Monday, threatening to further reduce the current five mcm/d of gas supply to three mcm/d.
Ardakanian visited Iraq on Tuesday to meet with senior officials from the country and discuss various issues including the country’s energy debts to Iran.
Heading a high-ranking delegation, Ardakanian arrived in Baghdad Tuesday morning after which he met with Iraqi Electricity Minister Majid Mahdi Hantush, the country’s Trade Minister Alaa Al-Jabouri, and the Governor of Iraq’s Central Bank Mustafa Ghaleb.
During these meetings, the two sides discussed bilateral monetary relations and explored ways for resolving the existing banking and monetary problems to establish a payment mechanism for settling the debts.
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