Iraq on March 12th urged Arab leaders not to discuss sanctions against Baghdad at an upcoming summit in Amman and to concentrate instead on conflicts between Israel and Palestine.
A statement issued following a meeting of top Iraqi officials said that: “The attitude of Arab countries toward the embargo and [U.S. and U.K. aggression] can be developed through bilateral and other means, rather than by discussing them collectively at this stage.”
Baghdad indicated that the summit should “separate the issue of ending the embargo and the aggression on Iraq from others, like the differences between Iraq and Saudi Arabia and the rulers of Kuwait.”
U.N. officials indicated on March 9th that a visit to Baghdad by a team of experts to discuss revamping Iraq’s ageing oil industry had been delayed for a week.
The six-member team had been scheduled to arrive on March 12th to establish procedures for Iraq to spend $560 million to upgrade its oil sector, but the trip was postponed to March 18th because Iraqi Oil Minister Amer Rasheed will be in Vienna to attend the March 16th OPEC conference.
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