Khalilzad won’t join DNO

The former U.S. ambassador to Iraq has turned down seat on board of the Norwegian oil firm with operations in Kurdistan, but will remain on board of RAK, which owns 30 percent of DNO.
Zalmay Khalilzad speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on January 26, 2008. (MONIKA FLUECKIGER/World Economic Forum)

ERBIL, IRAQ - Zalmay Khalilzad, the former U.S. envoy to Iraq, Afghanistan and the UN, said his work schedule will prevent him from being a director of Norway's DNO, which operates three exploration and production projects in Iraq's Kurdistan region.

His nomination to the board in June caused a small diplomatic stir. U.S. policy has discouraged companies like DNO from signing oil deals with Kurdistan, and the former ambassador’s flirtation with a DNO directorship appeared to complicate that message.

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