Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has discussed energy cooperation in the Middle East with Chairman of the Board of Directors at oil company Crescent Petroleum Hamid Jafar, the Russian government's press service said on Saturday.
Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, who is a member of the board of directors, was also present at the meeting.
"During the talks, future cooperation in the energy sector of Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries was discussed," the press service said.
Crescent Petroleum is the oldest private oil and gas company in the Middle East. It has held operations in Egypt, Pakistan, Yemen, Canada, Tunisia, Argentina, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates for more than 40 years. The company's headquarters are located in the emirate of Sharjah.