Iraq in talks with U.S. firms over buying of Exxon shares in West Qurna 1 oilfield - statement

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Members of security foreign personnel and Iraqi staff of the West Qurna-1 oilfield, which is operated by ExxonMobil, are seen during the opening ceremony near Basra, Iraq June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Essam Al-Sudani/File Photo

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BAGHDAD, April 15 (Reuters) - Iraq said on Thursday it is in discussions with U.S. oil companies over a possible purchase of ExxonMobil shares in the southern West Qurna 1 oil field.

It did not say which companies were interested in buying the shares, and provided no further details.

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Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed, John Davison. Editing by Jane Merriman

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