February 28, 2018 / 8:37 AM / in 4 months

Iraq open to business, including with Rosneft, foreign minister says

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Baghdad is open to business with any company interested in supporting the country, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jafari said in Moscow on Wednesday, answering a question about the activities of Russia’s Rosneft in the region.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari attends a news conference in Moscow, Russia February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

“We are not closing doors for any company, which wants to help us,” he told a news conference, responding to a question about a report in Russian media that Igor Sechin, the head of oil giant Rosneft, may visit Iraq.

Rosneft has contracts in the region of Kurdistan where a controversial independence referendum has sparked tensions with Baghdad.

Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; Writing by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Polina Ivanova

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