Newly-elected Speaker of Iraqi Parliament describes US sanctions on Iran as "unjust"

He spoke by phone with Iranian counterpart

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SULAIMANI – The newly-elected Speaker of Iraqi Parliament, Mohammed al-Halbousi on Sunday (September 17) said his country opposes “unjust” economic sanctions imposed on Iran by the United States.

The Iranian news agency Tansim reported that Halbousi had a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart, Ali Larijani, and expressed appreciation of the role that Iran played in liberating Iraqi territories from Islamic State.

He expressed his country’s readiness to stand with the Iranian nation and bring back security and stability to the region, Iranian media outlets reported.

For his part the Speaker of Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani offered his congratulations to Halbousi on his election as the new speaker of Iraq’s parliament.

He wished that Halbousi’s role will lead to the development of parliamentary ties between the two neighbors.

“God willing, we will witness development, welfare, and peace for the noble Iraqi nation after further establishment of security in that country,” said Larijani. 

Halbusi was elected as the speaker of the Council of Representatives in Baghdad during a session on Saturday (September 15).

Halbusi, who was the pick of the National Axis Alliance, triumphed over his rivals Khaled al-Obeidi, and Osama Najafi, who was nominated by the Decision Alliance faction.

Halbusi is the former governor of Anbar province.

He easily outpaced his rivals, winning 169 votes. Khaled al-Obeidi earned 89, while Najafi came up far short with 19.

The National Axis Alliance is an umbrella group for Sunni parties in the federal parliament, which includes Halbusi's al-Hal [Solution] Party.