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06 Jan 2022

Secretary General of OPEC commences mission to Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq, 6 January 2022--OPEC Secretary General, HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, arrived today, 6 January 2022, in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, following the gracious invitation of HE Ihsan Abdul Jabbar Ismaael, the country’s Minister of Oil and Head of its Delegation to the Organization.

The Secretary General and accompanying OPEC delegation were received at Baghdad International Airport by Mr. Feras El-Sader, Senior Director General at the Ministry of Oil, and other senior officials.

During his visit to the OPEC Founder Member, the Secretary General will hold bilateral meetings with HE Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, Prime Minister of Iraq; the Oil Minister; and other Iraqi leaders.

Barkindo will also visit several historical sites in Iraq, the cradle of ancient civilizations, including the Ancient Hall.

Iraq is one of OPEC’s five Founder Members. It hosted the seminal ‘Baghdad Conference’ between 10 and 14 September 1960 in the Al-Shaab Hall in the Bab Al-Muaatham district, which led to the establishment of the Organization.

The country has also played an instrumental role in the consultation and implementation phases of the Declaration of Cooperation between OPEC and 10 non-OPEC oil-producing countries, which was adopted on 10 December 2016.