News ID: 114965
Publish Date : 12 May 2023 - 23:35

Iran, Iraq Sign Oil, Gas MoU

TEHRAN – Iran and Iraq have signed a major petroleum cooperation agreement amid expanding ties between the two energy-rich neighbors.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Mohammad Shia al-Sudani watched on as Iranian and Iraqi oil ministers signed a deal in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Thursday to facilitate bilateral cooperation on petroleum industry projects.
Iranian Petroleum Ministry’s news service Shana said that a joint working group will pursue the implementation of the agreement during regular meetings in the future.
It said Petroleum Minister Javad Owji had held extensive talks with premier Sudani earlier in Wednesday to discuss an array of petroleum industry issues ranging from oil fields shared between the two countries to Iraq’s access to technical and engineering services from Iranian companies.
A separate report said that Sudani and Iraqi oil minister Hayan Abdul Ghani had emphasized in their meetings with Owji the need for increased cooperation with Iran on the issue of natural gas.
Iran is a major supplier of natural gas to Iraq as the Arab country, which is the third largest crude oil exporter in the world, still struggles with rising demands for natural gas in its power plants.
Officials from the oil ministries of Iran and Iraq on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding to broaden training cooperation.
The MoU, aimed at closer bilateral cooperation in the field of training, was inked between Iran’s Deputy Oil Minister Ali Madadi and director-general of Iraqi Oil Ministry for Training Affairs.
Earlier in the day, Iran-Iraq Joint Supreme Committee held an expert-level meeting in the oil sector to promote relations between the two neighbors.
The meeting focused on various fields of cooperation, such as the joint oil fields, export of technical and engineering services, and training cooperation.
Recent reports have suggested there has been an increase in the supply of natural gas from Iran to Iraq.
Iranian authorities say Iraq has settled a part of the huge debts it owed to Iran for previous gas supplies.