İrem UZUN -TDO- Iran imposed sanctions on the U.S. ambassador to Iraq on Friday, citing "terrorist" acts against its interests, in a tit-for-tat move after Washington blacklisted Tehran's Baghdad envoy. Matthew Tueller and two other U.S. officials in Baghdad "have effectively engaged in organizing, financing, leading and committing terrorist acts against the interests of the government or citizens" of Iran, the foreign ministry said in a statement released on Twitter.
Previously on Friday morning, the U.S. Department of the Treasury put the Iranian ambassador to Baghdad Iraj Masjedi and five Iranian entities on the sanctions list. Reacting to his name being included in the U.S. sanctions list, the Iranian ambassador to Iraq said "The U.S. action made me more confident in the legitimacy of my goal and actions and strengthened my determination to achieve the holy goals of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iranian people. The U.S. terrorist and criminal regime has once again put 80 million Iranians and me on its criminal sanctions list and deprived the people and thousands of children and patients of access to medicine and food at the height of the coronavirus outbreak and under its inhuman pressures."
Iraq is one of the few countries that is allied to both the United States and Iran, which both provided military support in a 2014-2017 campaign against Islamic State. Iraqis worry that the two countries could use Iraqi territory for a proxy war.