ABU DHABI Ñ Iraq intends to reach an oil export level of two million
barrels per day over the next few weeks.
Iraqi Oil Minister Ibrahim Bahr Al Ulum said Iraq hopes to increase its
exports to two millions barrels of oil per day within the first quarter of
2004. The current export level is 1.5 million barrels per day.
Al Ulum toured Gulf Cooperation Council states to resume oil
cooperation between Baghdad and its Gulf Arab neighbors. So far, Kuwait,
Qatar and Saudi Arabia have expressed interest.
One issue that has been pursued by Iraq is the resumption of operations
of an oil pipeline through Saudi Arabia. The pipeline was closed in 1990
after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.