Iraq’s President, Prime Minister meet with OPEC Secretary General in Baghdad

No 16/2016
Vienna, Austria
26 Oct 2016

OPEC Secretary General, HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, today met in Baghdad separately with the President of Iraq, HE Dr. Fuad Masum, and Iraqi Prime Minister HE Dr. Haider Al-Abadi. The meetings were also attended by Iraq’s Oil Minister HE Jabbar Ali Hussein Al-Luiebi and other top government functionaries.

The President congratulated HE Mohammad Barkindo on assuming the office of OPEC Secretary General at a very challenging period. He thanked him for visiting the country to discuss oil market related issues. HE Dr. Masum also lauded the Secretary General’s productive initiatives since he assumed office last August.

The President also called for more coordination and cooperation among all Member Countries of OPEC irrespective of  their differences, particularly in trying times, in the interests of all Member Countries.

HE Mohammad Barkindo thanked President Masum and offered his gratitude for Iraq’s support of his candidacy for OPEC Secretary General. He also conveyed greetings to His Excellency from Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari.

The OPEC Secretary General stressed that he would continue to work with all Member Countries to overcome the challenges and uncertainties facing the current oil market. He called for maximum flexibility and accommodation among Member Countries to help achieve market stability, on a sustainable basis, in the overall interests of both producers and consumers.

The Secretary General underlined the key role Iraq has played within OPEC to achieve market stability and fair prices in the past, and urged them to continue to work with Member Countries to agree on the framework for the implementation of the Algiers Accord.

“Iraq is not only a founder member of OPEC, but it is the birth place of the Organization and also the cradle of ancient civilization,” the Secretary General said.

Later in the day, the Secretary General met with Iraq’s Prime Minister, HE Dr. Haider Al-Abadi. The two conversed extensively on various issues, including the current oil market situation and the importance of restoring stability, within the framework of Algiers Accord.

The Prime Minister briefed the Secretary General on the war Iraq is waging against terrorism and the ISIS in Mosul and other places in Iraq.

On his part, HE Barkindo congratulated the Iraqi Prime Minister for the victories the Iraqi armed forces have continued to achieve against the ISIS in Mosul and other places. “The war you are waging against terrorism is not only for the defense of Iraq but the whole region,” the Secretary General said.

HE Dr. Haider Al-Abadi thanked HE Mohammad Barkindo for his visit and stressed that Iraq will continue to support OPEC in its endeavor to stabilize the oil market. He expressed his confidence in the Secretary General, a veteran oil industry technocrat, to restore the integrity of the Organization.

HE Dr. Fuad Masum, President of Iraq (r) with HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, OPEC Secretary General

HE Dr. Fuad Masum, President of Iraq (r) with HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, OPEC Secretary General

HE Dr. Haider Al-Abadi, Prime Minister of Iraq (r) with HE Barkindo, OPEC Secretary General

HE Dr. Haider Al-Abadi, Prime Minister of Iraq (r) with HE Barkindo, OPEC Secretary General