Q&A: SOMO Director General Alaa al-Yassiri

Iraq's oil exports chief discusses Baghdad-Ankara-KRG oil negotiations, a new oil trading joint venture, and the possibility of a third grade of Basra crude.
Q&A: SOMO Director General Alaa al-Yassiri
Alaa al-Yassiri, the director general of Iraq's State Oil Marketing Organization, at the Nov. 30, 2017, OPEC meeting in Vienna. (BEN LANDO/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - Iraq is coming off a record year for oil exports and plans to reach new heights in 2018, despite technical problems that have recently slowed down loading in the Basra Gulf.

As the director general of the State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO), Alaa al-Yassiri is responsible for selling Iraq's oil and getting the best price possible.

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