Washington threatens Baghdad: the F16 return for lifting the embargo on Exxon Mobil

Washington threatens Baghdad: the F16 return for lifting the embargo on Exxon Mobil

Posted 01/07/2012 07:52 AM

Babinaoz (Reuters) – Iraq’s government unveiled, Sunday, that the United States is pressing it strongly to lift the embargo on Exxon Mobil oil, threatening not to supply the aircraft F16.

An informed source close to the government, who asked not to be named to the sensitivity of the information, according to “Twilight News”, “The United States is pressing heavily on the Iraqi government to lift the ban on oil company Exxon Mobil.”

The source added that “these pressures took many forms, and even got to Iraq, the threat of not supplying the F16 aircraft unless lifted the embargo on Exxon Mobil.” He continued that “the Iraqi government will not lift the embargo on Exxon Mobil’s oil unless you can find a national necessity.” The Ministry of Oil have been excluded on 19 April 2012 from Exxon Mobil of the licensing round which was held at the end of last May, without addressing the fate held in the West Qurna field. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki had announced earlier last week, he had not received any response from the U.S. President Barack Obama on the message sent by the company on contracts with Exxon Mobil’s oil province of Kurdistan. He believed that Exxon Mobil deepened the gap in the dispute between the political blocs, because some blocks entered into an agreement contrary to the Constitution with Exxon Mobil, and this is one of the things that we say must be discussed according to the Constitution. The head of the Kurdistan Region, Massoud Barzani, said in the end of November of last year that the region would go ahead with its agreement with Exxon Mobil over the objections of the federal government in Baghdad.

Barzani said that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has been informed of the agreement before signing it and raised no objection, described the opposition to the Baghdad agreement as “unconstitutional.” Exxon is the first major oil company to enter the Kurdistan Region when it signed an agreement with the Government of the Territory on 18 October last to explore for oil and gas in the six regions. The Iraqi Oil Ministry said the agreement is illegal and can result in cancellation of contract by Exxon to develop the first phase of West Qurna oil field headquarters in the south.
Source: babnews