Minister of Oil, Ihsan Abdel Jabbar Ismail, announced today, Thursday, the possibility of importing Egyptian gas through Syrian lands, while the Syrian Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources, Bassam Tohme, indicated the depth of relations and joint cooperation between the two countries in the field of oil and energy.
The media office of the ministry said in a statement received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that "Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar today received his Syrian counterpart Bassam Tohme and his accompanying delegation that arrived in Iraq on an official visit, and they discussed strengthening relations and joint cooperation between the two brotherly countries."
"Iraq is keen to strengthen its relations with neighboring countries, the countries of the Arab region, and the countries of the world in all fields, especially the oil, gas and energy sectors, in a way that serves common interests, develops the national economy and develops its oil industry," Abdul-Jabbar stressed.
He added that "issues of common interest were discussed, and there are points of convergence and future visions about the extent to which the abundance of Egyptian gas can be utilized and transported across the Syrian territories. The strengthening of joint cooperation in the sectors of oil, energy, training and exchange of experiences was discussed, and technical committees will be formed to discuss areas of joint cooperation."
While the Syrian Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources, Bassam Tohme, expressed his happiness to visit Iraq and meet officials at the Ministry of Oil, noting that "the discussions included discussing a set of ideas and visions for future projects."
He stressed "the depth of relations and joint cooperation between the two countries in the field of oil and energy."