Syria, Iraq to reopen oil transport pipelines

Syria and Iraq have agreed to take necessary procedures to reopen a crude petroleum transport pipelines between Iraqi city of Kirkuk and Syrian coastal city of Banyas, the official al-Baath newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Syria, Iraq to reopen oil transport pipelines
Syria and Iraq have agreed to take necessary procedures to reopen a crude petroleum transport pipelines between Iraqi city of Kirkuk and Syrian coastal city of Banyas, the official al-Baath newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Syrian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Sufian al-Alaw confirmed the agreement during a visit to gas station south Damascus along with his Iraqi counterpart Hussain al-Shahristani, the paper said.

The two sides also agreed to build a pipeline carrying gas from an Iraqi gas field near the Syrian frontier to a gas treatment plant at Deir Ezzor in northeastern Syria, he said, adding that the decisions were part of several economic agreements signed by the two countries.

The Iraqi Minister expressed his country's readiness to cooperate with Syria and develop available capabilities in the interest to both peoples.

The pipeline linking Kirkuk and Banyas, which had been closed for 18 years, reopened in November 2000. But it closed again after the U.S. invasion against Iraq in 2003.

Shahristani was accompanying Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who was on his first official visit to Syria since taking office last year. They arrived in Damascus Monday morning for a three-day visit.

Agencies
Last Mod: 22 Ağustos 2007, 19:21
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