New Oil Minister Praises Kuwait

By John Lee.

Iraqi Oil Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi [Adil Abd al-Mahdi] has met with a Kuwaiti delegation led by the country's Ambassador to Baghdad, Ghassan al-Zawawi, to discuss cooperation in the energy sector.

The Minister praised Kuwait for its economic and political support for Iraq, and praised Kuwaiti companies for their contribution to the development of the oil industry.

Kuwait Energy holds a 70 percent stake in the Block 9 area in Basra. Iraq's super-giant Rumaila oilfield sits near the shared border with Kuwait; disputes over the field led to war between the two countries during the regime of Saddam Hussein.

(Sources: Ministry of Oil, UPI)

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