The Iranian oil minister has appointed a special energy envoy to help bolster Tehran’s ties with neighboring Iraq. Javad Owji has appointed Abbas Beheshti to follow up on the settlement of gas export dues and identify other common interests between the two countries around oil product trading and private sector investments in the oil industry. There will also be a follow up on data surrounding shared oil fields, which Iran shares 12 with Iraq. This all comes at a time when Iraq is being pressured by the US to wean itself off Iranian energy imports. Iraq also owes Iran billions of dollars in unpaid energy bills due to its inability to settle without the threat of US sanctions.
- Iran appoints Iraq energy envoy amid reduced gas, electricity exports