A farmer uses a threshing machine as he harvests wheat crop in Arbeen, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta June 1, 2014. REUTERS/Diaa Al-Din
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Iraq's trade minister said Tuesday the country does not import wheat from neighboring Syria as the produce was not high enough quality, describing sales efforts by Damascus as a political move to "make some problems" for Baghdad.Iraq's Trade Minister Khairullah Hasan Babakir said Iraq required a gluten content of above 28 percent, which was higher than Syria's wheat content.It is selling Syrian wheat from its 2013 crop.Traders have said it may be easier for Syria to sell its wheat from Hassakeh to Iraq rather than transport it back to Damascus.
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