"Fortunately, with active energy diplomacy and after months of negotiations, hours ago, $1.6 billion in arrears for gas exports to Iraq was received”, the minister announced in a Twitter post on Wednesday.
"Since the beginning of the [present Iranian calendar] year (March 21), compared to last year, the country's gas export volume has increased by 25 percent and hard currency earnings by 90 percent”, Oji also informed.
Given Iraq's need for natural gas for consumption in power plants, negotiations on importing Iranian gas were started in late 2010 while a contract for gas sales to Baghdad was sealed in June 2013.
The two countries also inked the agreement for the deployment of natural gas to Basra in October 2015, but the exports were halted due to payment issues.
Later on, the Iraqi government approved a deal in late 2017 to import gas from Iran to the eastern border province of Diyala, increasing purchases of the Iranian fuel, which were resumed in June 2017 after several years of hiatus.
Back in early April, Iraq’s Acting Electricity Minister Adel Karim had said his country is in need of gas import from Iran the coming years.
Source: Tehran Times