Iraq calls on Syria, Lebanon, Jordan to implement gas pipe erection project
Iraq-Regional, Economics, 9/17/2001
Iraq on Sunday called on Syria, Lebanon and Jordan to work for the implementation of the project to install a pipe to transport the Iraqi gas to these countries in the framework of direct agreements, noting that these agreements do not need the consent of the UN.
In a statement to the Iraqi weekly al-Rai, the Iraqi vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan said that countries that want to install the pipe for transporting gas into its territories do not need the consent of the UN, noting that Baghdad has signed several direct trade bilateral agreements with various countries outside the framework of the "oil for food" agreement.
On the other hand, Ramadan stressed that Iraq will sign after several days free trade agreements with other Arab states similar to the agreements already signed with Egypt, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen. He explained that this issue is linked to the desire of the two sides. He called on the Arab states to abide by these agreements and implement them.
In a study issued last week, the Iraqi ministry of oil stressed the need of implementing the oil erection project for exporting natural oil to Syria, Lebanon and Jordan in the framework of the "oil for food" agreement in order to invest its tremendous reserves of gas in the future, noting that this project will support the Iraqi national economy and ensure for these countries a source for energy to meet local requirements.
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