Iraq continues to ban imports of some Iranian crops

Iraq continues to ban the import of some crops from Iran, stressing the need for economic diplomacy. Seyed Reza Nourani told the Mehr News Agency :“The Iraqi government has banned the entry into its country of some Iranian crops including lettuce, turnips, beets, cabbage and cauliflower.” The ban has been in place since last week.

It is not the first time the Iraqi government has banned crops from Iran. Previously other products from Iran were banned, including watermelons, potatoes, apples and tomatoes. Nourani stressed the need for resolving the issue saying “unfortunately, we are always faced with a new issue in our trade with Iraq.” He pointed out that these bans have so far hurt the Iranian farmers severely.

The head of the National Union of Iran’s agricultural products said that Iraq is one of major markets for Iranian crops, and stressed that Iraq cannot easily replace Iran with another country in securing its agricultural products.

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