Iran’s Ministry of Petroleum announced on 30 November that it has established a representative office in Iraq to “improve the level of cooperation and synergy” between the two countries.

Iran and Iraq have periodically stressed their desire to boost energy sector cooperation over the years, with Iran prioritizing development of border fields. But this development has typically been undertaken unilaterally and the primary area of collaboration to-date has been Iran delivering key gas and electricity supplies to Iraq. Even here however, Iran’s own domestic requirements have rendered supplies volatile (MEES, 11 March). (CONTINUED - 125 WORDS)