Hehe i was 2 days faster than Reuters ;)


The visit came as Exxon weighs whether to stay or pull out of its huge West Qurna oilfield in the Iraqi south or keep its Kurdistan fields. Iraqi and Kurdish officials have both suggested Exxon will side with them. 

The Qara Hansher field, where the meeting took place on Wednesday just north of Kirkuk, sits in the swath of disputed territories, where both regions claim jurisdiction and where Iraqi Arab and Kurdish troops have reinforced positions in a tense standoff since last year. 

"In the meeting we discussed the work of Exxon Mobil in Qara Hansher block and we discussed how to facilitate the company's work," Avesta Sheikh Mohammed, the local Kurdish major of the area. "The Kurdistan Regional Government has all the right to sign oil deals to develop energy resources."