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Iraq supplies Oil to Syria
Iraq supplies Oil to Syria

Syria paid Iraq $14m for Oil supplies

(DP-News – Daily Mail)
Documents- Iraq has been shipping oil to the Syrian government to provide it with vital fuel at a time when Syria is under international sanctions, it was claimed last night.

Documents unearthed by the Financial Times show that the Iraqi government, led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, is providing Syria with 720,000 tons of fuel oil in a one-year contract.

Documents said that Syria paid Iraq $14m in cash over the summer for 720,000 tons of vital oil supplies. Syria pays in cash before each delivery of oil - even as regime's reserves of money plummet, it added.

Baghdad's Goverment is supported by the U.S. Government, and there are concerns in Washington about the contract with Syria, which is currently under trading sanctions.

The Iraqi Oil Ministry delivered oil worth $14 million over June and July - with the payments made in cash.

A U.S. State Department official, speaking anonymously, said the shipments did not violate U.S. or EU sanctions.

But he added “Perceptions matter, so we encourage countries trading with Syria to be open about their legal and non-sanctionable exchanges. If this is going to continue, we think the Iraqis should be up front about it.”

The news comes after U.S. officials complained that Iraq was allowing Iranian planes - carrying weapons - to fly across its airspace on their way to Syria.

Syria or Iraq did not respond to requests for comment.
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