Minister Thamir al-Ghadhban announced that a delegation from the US oil company
ExxonMobil will arrive in Iraq soon to discuss the return of the company's
employees to work in Basra's West Qurna field.
The employees of the Basra Oil Company are able to produce oil and gas in the West Qurna field, Ghadhban said, affirming that the withdrawal of ExxonMobil staff from the field will not have a negative impact on the project.
The ministry sent a letter to the company asking it to being back to work immediately its employees, according to the long-term contract between the company and the Iraqi government, Ghadhban said.
Thirty employees from ExxonMobil earlier withdrew towards the company's offices in Dubai for reasons that the company described as "precautionary" after the escalation of the dispute between Washington and Tehran.