Jordan committed to buying oil supplies from Iraq

Jun 28, 1999 02:00 AM

Jordan's Energy Minister Suleiman Abu Alim said his country remains committed to buying oil products from Iraq and denied that Amman was in contact with Riyadh as an alternative supplier.
At the end of his visit, the two countries signed a protocol to follow up on a January accord under which Iraq will supply Jordan with 4.8 mm tonnes of crude in 1999.
Jordan will "continue to import Iraqi oil," Abu Alim told, adding that his government had not been in contact with Saudi Arabia to negotiate oil supplies.

Amman has been improving relations with the Gulf Arab monarchies at the expense of Iraq, especially since King Abdullah II rose to the Jordanian throne in February.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdel Ilah al-Khatib made a landmark visit to Kuwait in March, during which he said Jordan was trying to cut its economic dependence on Iraq and had halved its trade with Baghdad.
Saudi Arabia has offered to replace the Iraqi oil supplies which are sold to Jordan at preferential rates, according to the London-based Saudi newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat.
Jordan relies on oil from sanctions-hit Iraq under a UN exemption.

Source: AFP via Iinoil
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