Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the commencement of crude oil production in the Garraf oil field in Iraq
September 2, 2013
1. Japan welcomes the commencement of crude oil production on August 31 in the Garraf oil field in Iraq where a Japanese company is engaged in the development.
2. The Joint Statement by the Prime Minister of Japan and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq, which was announced on the occasion of Iraqi Prime-Minister al-Maliki’s visit to Japan in November 2011, confirmed that two nations would strengthen bilateral cooperation in the energy sector, and for that purpose, they reiterated the importance of promoting cooperation and dialogue regarding such projects as upstream oil development in the Garraf field. Japan commends this commencement of crude oil production as an important step forward for realizing cooperation stated in the Joint Statement.
Japan hopes two nations maintain bilateral cooperation in the energy sector and Iraq will play its role to contribute to the stability of the global oil market.