Oil and gas priorities for Washington

New U.S. consul general in Erbil discusses oil and gas law with Kurdish officials

ERBIL, November 7 — The newly appointed U.S. Consul General in Erbil, Mark Stroh, stated on Tuesday that addressing revenue issues and passing the oil and gas law will be among Washington’s priorities and agenda in Kurdistan. This statement came following a meeting with Kamal Mohammed, the Acting Minister of Natural Resources in the region.

A statement from the Ministry of Natural Resources in Kurdistan, translated by Network 964, read:

“The Acting Minister of Electricity and Natural Resources, Kamal Mohammed Saleh, received the U.S. Consul General in the Kurdistan Region, Mark Stroh. During the meeting, the new U.S. Consul expressed his delight in investing in the sectors of electricity, energy, and oil. Regarding the resumption of oil exports and the issuance of the Federal Oil and Gas Law, the U.S. Consul stated, ‘We closely follow the process of resuming oil exports and understand that the oil suspension has had a negative impact on revenues and citizens. Addressing revenue issues and passing the oil and gas law will be among the priorities of Washington’s policy and agenda.’ The Minister of Electricity and Natural Resources thanked the United States for its role in resuming oil exports to the Kurdistan Region, as well as for its efforts in addressing oil and gas issues, expanding investments, and passing the federal oil and gas law in coordination with the Kurdistan Region.”