Syria, Iraq Discuss Cooperation in Oil and Gas

Iraq's Oil Minister, Abdul Kareem Luaibi [Elaibi], has held talks with his Syrian counterpart Sufian Allaw (pictured), according to the Syrian official SANA news agency.

The talks focused on reopening the old Iraqi oil pipeline and enhancing cooperation between the two ministries.

The two sides also discussed the possibility of benefiting from the gas available from the Akkas field, near the Syrian border, in addition to cooperation in oil exploration.

In May 2010, Allaw and Luaibi conferred on shipping the Iraqi crude oil and gas through the Syrian territories using the Kirkuk- Banias pipeline.

The Iraqi minister arrived in Damascus on Saturday in a delegation headed by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

(Source: Xinhua)

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