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Iraq waiting for Iran's answer to joint oil pipeline project: Iraqi official

Ilam, April 10, IRNA-- Iraq is waiting for Iran's answer to a Baghdad proposal of setting up a joint oil pipeline between the two countries, an Iraqi oil ministry official told an Iraqi radio saturday.

Speaking to Radio Azad of Iraq (Iraq's Free Radio), spokesman of Iraq's oil ministry Asem Jihad called it a strategic oil project linking Iraqi southeastern city of Basra to the Iranian southwestern port of Abadan. The radio also quoted jihad as saying that Iranian authorities were studying economic advantages of this oil project.

Jihad added that the proposed pipeline would transfer crude oil of Iraqi southern oil fields to Abadan refinery in southern Iran.

Asked if the United States agreed with such joint Iraqi projects with Iran, Jihad replied that the Iraqi oil ministry makes its decisions in accordance with Iraq's national interests and that the proposal for Basra-Abadan pipeline was put forward after informing the Coalition officials.

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