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Iraqi To Provide Jordan With Oil

Iraqi Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Khalid Shraideh

Iraqi Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Khalid Shraideh said Iraq has informed Jordan its readiness to provide Jordan with Iraqi oil.

The first shipment of Iraqi oil to arrive in Jordan in the coming few days, adding that Jordanian trucks already moved to Jordanian-Iraqi borders to meet Iraqi oil trucks.

Answering a question on the number of barrels which will be imported, Shraideh said the quantities will start from 10,000 barrels per day climbing to 100,000 barrels per day. He added that the first stage will be with low quantities to deal with security conditions.

The Iraqi government, the minister added, will protect the oil trucks throughout Iraq until the Jordanian borders, where oil will be carried by Jordanian trucks to Zarqa oil Refinery.

Jordan has early signed agreement with Iraq, during the visit of Prime Minister Marouf Al Bakhit to Iraq last year, according to which Iraq committed to provide Jordan with oil in preferable prices, but security instability prevented implementing the agreement at that time.