IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's oil minister has met with Kurdish officials to discuss an oil contract dispute.
The Kurds have signed nearly 20 production-sharing contracts with international oil companies after drafting their own oil and gas law in August 2007.
Those contracts are considered invalid by Iraq's Oil Ministry. It has threatened to exclude and blacklist companies that sign deals with the Kurds.
The prime minister of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region Nechirvan Barzani met for more than two hours with national Oil Minister Hussain al-Sharistani.
Barzani told reporters after Monday's meeting that more talks are needed on the oil contracts. But he says the two sides agreed to jointly operate the Khourmala oil field south of the regional capital of Irbil.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.