Iraq announces sale of $1 billion in bonds guaranteed by US

By REUTERS
January 22, 2017 13:36

 
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BAGHDAD - Iraq announced the sale of $1 billion in bonds guaranteed by the United States, paying an interest of 2.1 percent, far below the price the country is paying for its non-guaranteed debt.

The US-guaranteed five-year bonds were issued on Wednesday, the finance ministry said in a statement.

The Iraqi government, which relies almost exclusively on oil income, has struggled to pay its bills since crude prices dropped in 2014, the same year that Islamic State militants seized a third of the country's territory.

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