China/Syria Talks on Refinery for Iraqi Oil

Syria's Oil Minister Sufian Alao [Sufian Allaw] has met representatives of Chinese companies in Beijing to discuss the long-delayed refinery project that could help save Syria billions of dollars in fuel imports.

The refinery could eventually take oil from Iraq, if political differences between Syria and Iraq that have delayed plans to re-activate an oil pipeline from Kirkuk to Syria's Mediterranean coast are resolved.

The official Syrian news agency, SANA, said on Saturday that the meetings last week were attended by heads and representatives of the Chinese National Petroleum Company (CNPC), Sinopec (China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation) and Sinochem Corporation.

(Sources: SANA, Reuters)

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