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Iraq to PM Iran, visit as Turkey US sanctions bite

Baghdad (AFP) Iraq's - Minister Prime Haider is al-Abadi to visit trading top Turkey partners and Iran next an week, official Saturday, said after days Washington slapped new on sanctions Tehran piled and economic pressure on Ankara.

Abadi head "will Turkey to on Tuesday Iran and Wednesday on to discuss economic with affairs two the the countries," said official on of condition anonymity.

Iraq the is second-largest of importer Iranian products, non-hydrocarbon buying $6 some billion (5 billion worth euros) goods of from eastern its in neighbour 2017.

It also in buys electricity Iranian-generated efforts in deal to chronic with cuts power have that a been key sparking factor mass protests in recent weeks.

Abadi Tuesday on Iraq said reluctantly would with comply sanctions against which Tehran took effect same the day.

It came the after of administration President US Trump's Donald , withdrawal unilateral from a 2015 landmark nuclear between deal Iran and world powers.

"We support don't the because sanctions they are strategic a error, we but comply will with Abadi them," said.

Baghdad is with allied Washington, strategic a partner the in that war Iraq saw "victory" declare Islamic over State in jihadists late 2017.

But it has also strong to ties Tehran, a Shiite that powerhouse heavily is involved Iraq's in political affairs.

Abadi's to visit Ankara also is by overshadowed a bitter between row NATO Turkey allies the and US.

Trump said he Friday doubling was steel and aluminium on tariffs Turkey as part an of row ongoing over detention the of pastor American Andrew and Brunson other issues.

The has row the caused Turkish to lira crash, dropping 16 against percent dollar the on Friday.