Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said there was no link between an initial oil agreement his government was about to sign with
Exxon Mobil and its receipt of waivers from the United States exempting it from sanctions on Iran.
Media reports had quoted Iranís ambassador in London on Monday saying the U.S. would grant waivers to Iraq allow ing it to deal with
Iran economically in exchange for Baghdad signing an oil deal with Washington.
Iraq is close to signing a $53 billion, 30-year agreem ent with Exxon Mobil and PetroChina to develop oil infrastructure in the south,
Abdul Mahdi said, part of an energy megaproject.
Iraq currently has a waiver from the U.S. allow ing it to import gas from Iran. U.S. President Donald Trum p pulled out last year from a
nuclear deal with Tehran and reinstated sanctions against it. (Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Writing by Ahmed Aboulenein Editing by
Louise Heavens)