Oil troubles won’t last forever

Top advisor to Maliki and former oil minister is confident disputes over governing the oil sector will be overcome after elections.

ISTANBUL - Disputes over how to manage Iraq’s oil sector, and who gets to call the shots, have plateaued at a tense level for the past three years, but the top oil adviser to Iraq’s prime minister is optimistic agreements will be made after January’s national elections.

"The objection has become much, much, much less," Thamir Ghadhban said at a press conference following meetings between the ministry and companies looking to bid in an upcoming oil deal auction.

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