By FWi staff

IRAQ will stop buying wheat from Australia unless Australian troops are withdrawn from the Gulf, a senior Iraqi official threatened today (30 March).

Iraqi Trade Minister Mohammed Mehdi Saleh said on Australian television that his country would start buying supplies from European countries unless Australia removes 200 troops currently stationed in Kuwait.

The move would lead to a “significant fall” in the amount of wheat bought from Australia, he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Iraq bought more than £75 million-worth of wheat from Australia last year under the United Nations food-for-oil programme.