US Sanctions cause Big Losses for Iraqi Investors in Iran

By Salam Zidane for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. 

The Iranian economy has spiraled out of control since a new set of US-enforced sanctions against trade with Iran went into force Aug. 7, as its currency value has been plummeting ever since while inflation rates are on the rise. Iraqi investors in Iran have been far from immune from the fallout.

While those investors have endured significant losses in light of the currency’s plunge, the Iraqi government has opted for discretion, refusing to reveal the number and size of their investments. Both the Iraqi Ministry of Trade and the Iraqi Consul on Trade at the Iraqi Embassy in Tehran refrained from responding to Al-Monitor’s questions in this regard.

On the other hand, Al-Monitor had the chance to interview a number of Iraqi businessmen based in Iran to make sense of the damages they have suffered. One investor, Saed al-Zidi, said, “I put an irretrievable $100,000 fixed deposit in an Iranian bank at a 15% interest rate.” It seems things didn’t pan out very well.

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