By John Lee.
Iraqi Oil Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi [Adil Abd al-Mahdi] has reportedly promised to make Basra the economic capital of Iraq, but added that there are many obstacles to be solved in achieving this.
During a visit to oil and gas installations in southern Iraq, the Minister pointed out the importance of the South Oil Company (SOC) to Iraqi revenues, and said that there would be an increase in oil production levels that would benefit all the people of Iraq.
"These are not just promises," he said, "our aim is to build Iraq."
(Source: UPI, Aswat al Iraq, Ministry of Oil)