Iranian troops start withdrawal from Iraqi oil well

Published December 20th, 2009 - 08:14 GMT

Iraq said on Sunday Iranian forces had withdrawn partially from a disputed oil well claimed by both sides. According to Reuters, Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh conveyed a small group of Iranian soldiers who seized the oil well in a remote area along the border on Thursday were no longer in control of the well, which Iraq considers part of its Fakka oilfield.

 

"The Iranian flag has been lowered. The Iranian troops have pulled back 50 metres, but they have not gone back to where they were before," Dabbagh was quoted as saying. "The Iraqi government has asked for the troops to go back to where they were," he said.

 

According to Dabbagh, a joint Iraq-Iran committee will start to look at demarcation of the border. In Tehran, official Iranian media said on Sunday the foreign ministers of Iran and Iraq had discussed a "misunderstanding" between the countries' border guards.

 

 

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