(Reuters) - ExxonMobil will begin to return to its offices on Sunday, the Basra oil company said on Friday.
The company said in a statement today that "Exxon Mobil will start to return to its offices in Basra from Sunday, June 2 according to the company's assurances."
The statement added that "the management of all field activities of West Qurna 1 field during the duration of the relocation of employees of Exxon Mobil to the offices of the company in Dubai were carried out by the staff of the Basra Oil Company with the efficiency and quality required."
The Reuters news agency reported earlier in the day that Exxon Mobil employees evacuated from Iraq about two weeks ago, will return to the West Qurna 1 oil field in Basra from Sunday.
The agency quoted Iraqi officials as saying that the first batch of returnees would include senior staff and basic engineers.
The decision comes after Exxon Mobil received reassuring messages from the Iraqi Oil Ministry and Basra Oil Company.
The US multinational company has asked for increased security in its facilities and staff accommodation provided by Iraqi police and military personnel, a demand that has been met by the Iraqi side, the agency said.
On 18 May 2019, Exxon withdrew all its foreign employees from West Qurna 1 on several stages and took them to Dubai.