Baghdad and Washington affirm their joint cooperation in making Iraq independent in the energy field

Baghdad  The governments of the Republic of Iraq and the United States of America reaffirmed today, Thursday, their joint cooperation in the fields of oil production and export, natural gas, electricity and clean energy, with a view to making Iraq independent in the field of energy.

A joint statement of the Joint Coordination Committee on Energy in Washington, DC, stated that “during the third meeting of the Joint Coordination Committee on Energy, which was held on January 14, 2021,” stating that “both sides are looking forward to energy independence in Iraq and to the day that takes place.” All Iraqis are provided with stable, twenty-four hours electricity from a world-class electrical infrastructure. ”

The two sides reaffirmed the importance of partnerships with American companies, as the two sides intend to work together to ensure the durability of the efficiency and benefit of these partnerships for all parties.

The statement added that the meeting was chaired by representatives of the Iraqi government with the principal deputy assistant to the US Secretary of Energy Matthew Zeiss as well as the US ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Tueller, as well as representatives of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

During the meeting, the two sides also reaffirmed the importance of Iraq’s future independence in the field of energy and its contribution to maximizing its economic prosperity.

The two sides also clarified the valuable role that Iraq is currently playing in providing oil sources to global markets and its ability to be a regional leader in the production of natural gas.

It pointed out that “the delegations discussed the importance of supporting Iraq’s efforts to harness its large natural gas resources, as they reviewed the course of Iraq’s work on seizing burning natural gas in order to reduce its dependence on imports while contributing at the same time to improving environmental quality.”

The statement added that, “during the meeting, developments related to Iraq’s infrastructure for generating and transmitting electricity and how it could become better integrated with its regional neighbors were discussed.

For its part, the United States expressed its continuous support for the energy sector in Iraq and looks forward to holding workshops and technical support related to the success of previous programs. The United States has encouraged Iraq to work with the International Energy Agency, citing the resources available to assist the agency’s work in Iraq.

The Energy Joint Coordination Committee emerged from the Strategic Framework Agreement between Iraq and the United States in 2008 to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries regarding a set of initiatives.

The Republic of Iraq and the United States of America committed themselves to holding the next meeting of the Joint Coordinating Committee on Energy in Washington, DC, at a date to be decided later.


Source: National Iraqi News Agency

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