Abadi said at a news conference that as a matter of principle, “We are against sanctions in the region,” Reuters reported.
Blockades and sanctions destroy societies, he said.
“We consider them (sanctions on Iran) a strategic mistake and incorrect but we will abide by them to protect the interests of our people. We will not interact with them or support them but we will abide by them,” he added.
US President Donald Trump pledged on Tuesday that firms doing business with Tehran would be barred from the United States, as new US sanctions against Iran took effect.
The United States and Iran, increasingly at odds, are Iraq’s two biggest allies, and the sanctions put Abadi’s outgoing government in a difficult position.