Iraq, ASEAN keen to intensify cooperation in oil exploration
JAKARTA, Indonesia, June 28 (PIA) -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Republic of Iraq is open to intensify cooperation in oil exploration.
ASEAN secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan explained that energy plays a vital role in the recent success of economic and social development of ASEAN member-states, where ASEAN would continue to rely quite heavily on fossil fuels to meet its fast growing demand, according to a press statement from ASEAN.
ASEAN said that Deputy Prime Minister for Energy of the Republic of Iraq Hussain al-Shahristani commended the interest of Iraq to strengthen the bond of friendship and cooperation with ASEAN. He also underlined the need to fulfill the demands of ASEAN and Iraq, particularly in oil energy and infrastructures.
While the oil exploration is still the main area for cooperation, Hussain explained that Iraq is keen to explore other potential areas of cooperation with ASEAN such as petrochemicals and fertilizers, agriculture, education, culture and tourism, said ASEAN.
Hussain also informed Surin that Iraq is looking forward to invite ASEAN countries to re-open their embassies and diplomatic missions in Baghdad, its capital.
Surin extended his warm welcome Hussain and his delegation at the ASEAN Secretariat.
ASEAN reported that the meeting was held during the delegationâ€™s official visit to the Republic of Indonesia. (ASEAN)
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