18:49 GMT04 August 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein has requested his German counterpart to help remove the Middle eastern nation from the European Union's list of countries with suspected loopholes in anti-money laundering and counter-terror financing regulations.

    "Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein called on his German counterpart to provide support in removing Iraq from the list of countries with a high risk of money laundering and terrorist financing," the Iraqi ministry said in a press release.

    Hussein and Heiko Maas held a phone call to discuss, among other things, bilateral relations.

    Iraq has been on the bloc’s blacklist for suspected financial malpractices since October 2016.

    Along with Iraq, the list features Saudi Arabia, Panama, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas, as well as North Korea, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Yemen, and a handful of African states.

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