Asian countries ask Iraq to increase quantities of crude oil exports

The Iraqi flag flutters during the official opening of the second refinery for crude oil in Al-Dora refinery complex in Baghdad on September 16, 2010. (AFP photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Head of on Friday said that Iraq has received requests to increase the quantities of crude oil exports to Asia.

Iraq has received requests to increase the quantities of crude oil it exports to Asia, the head of state oil marketer SOMO told state news agency INA on Friday.

China and India will not give up on Iraqi crude oil even if Russian oil is currently offered to them at a discount, Alaa al-Yasiri said, adding that his country is exporting all surplus quantities of crude that are available for export.

“Iraq has for the last three years been the top supplier of crude oil to India …(and China) but Russia will be a competitor for us in this market this year,” Yasiri said.

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