politics , 09/22/2023 10:17 Number of readings: 312
[rtl]Baghdad - Iraq Today:
Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani stressed the trend towards making Iraq an active element in the global gas market, and while he pointed out that stopping the export of the Kurdistan region's oil harmed Iraq and Turkey as well, he pointed to Iraq's interest in rapprochement and settling the problems between Iran and America.
In a press statement, Al-Sudani's media office reported the highlights of a press interview Al-Sudani conducted with the American "Bloomberg" news channel in New York, on the sidelines of his participation in the meetings of the United Nations General Assembly in its 78th session.
During the interview, Al-Sudani stressed Iraq's commitment to the agreements with the OPEC and OPEC+ countries, in a way that preserves the interests of producers and consumers, and Iraqi production capabilities will be part of these understandings.
He continued, “We seek a reasonable price for oil that guarantees the interest of producers and consumers. We do not have a fixed price, and we believe that the appropriate price is no less than $85-90 per barrel.”
He pointed out that there are fields announced within the sixth round of natural gas investment, and there is another round of fields being developed, considering that Iraq will be an active country in the gas market.
Regarding stopping the export of oil from the Kurdistan region, Al-Sudani explained, “We are awaiting the measures of the Turkish side to resume exports via the Turkish line, especially oil produced in the Kurdistan region, and it will be within the general policy of the state.”
He stated, “There are mutual complaints in the International Court of Arbitration, but we are negotiating with the Turkish side to separate the export appeal from the legal issues in the court.”
He pointed out that stopping exports harms all parties, including the Turkish side, which depends on tariffs from the export pipeline.
He added, “We have started important projects with Total and the fifth rounds with Emirati and Chinese companies,” noting, “We have 11 fields and exploration blocks for natural gas, and we are serious about investing in it.”
He added, “We met with American companies operating in the Kurdistan region, and they have a desire to work in the rest of Iraq, and we discussed the investment opportunities in which we would like American companies to enter.
He pointed out that "there is a strategic relationship between Iraq and the United States, and the meeting with the US Secretary of State discussed the activation of the strategic framework agreement, the entry of American companies, and the resumption of oil exports through the Turkish port of Ceyhan."
He stressed that "Iraq is keen to conduct dialogue with the United States, in a way that maintains stability in a sensitive region like the Middle East." Al-Sudani explained, “What currently exists are advisors, and we are trying to organize their presence, their locations, the type of tasks required, and the time period.
Regarding the presence of foreign forces in Iraq, Al-Sudani said, “Our official position is declared, which is that there is no need for any foreign military presence or combat forces in Iraq. We have security services capable of imposing security.”
He continued, “We are in dialogue about the future of the relationship with the international coalition, and we are discussing with the United States formulas of bilateral cooperation away from the coalition, and it is on the table with all countries in the region and the world."
He stressed, “We support and accompany any international effort to target terrorist groups, ISIS or others.”
He stated, “We found an understanding and conviction that there is no need for combat forces, and that there can be joint programs for training and exchange of information, and this is what the technical committees will agree on.”[/rtl]
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