A long-running dispute over oil fields on the Iran-Iraq border might soon be resolved, according to Ali al-Sjeri, the Iraqi minister of state for foreign affairs.
Speaking to Aknews, he said that talks were now at an “advanced stage”.
“The Iraqi government looks forward to good relations with neighboring countries, without affecting Iraq’s economic interests and the violation of our sovereignty,” he said.
Just a few years ago, Iran sent troops across its border to occupy an oil field in southern Iraq, and Iraq accused Iran of stealing its crude oil and of espionage.
In coming to a deal, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki must balance relations with Iran against the anger that Iran’s actions have stirred up.