Exxon Mobil chief executive to arrive in Erbil soon

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03/07/2012

ERBIL, July 3 (AKnews)- The president and chief executive officer of the US ExxonMobil Corporation is expected to arrive in the Kurdistan Region capital, Erbil, in the few coming days.

Rex Tillerson will meet with senior Kurdistan officials over ExxonMobil's oil contacts with the Iraqi region, said an informed source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

He added meeting with Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and Kurdistan oil officials are high on the agenda of the visit.

The source expected "positive" consequences of the visit for Kurdistan.

AKnews contacted Ashti Hawrami, Kurdistan natural resources minister, and his adviser Sirwan Abu-Bakir, but they refused to comment about the visit of ExxonMobil official.

The visit follows reports that alleged Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki sent Washington a letter, demanding the US officials to suspend ExxonMobil's contacts with Kurdistan which are "trouble making."

The US corporation has signed six oil deals with Kurdistan. Next year the corporation will enforce three of them which aim at digging for oil in areas under territorial dispute between Baghdad and Erbil.

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