OPEC Secretary-General, H.E Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, has arrived n Bagdad, capital of Iraq, following the gracious invitation of H.E Ihsan Abdul Jabbar Ismael, the country’s Minister for Oil and Head of its Delegation to the Organization.
The Secretary-General and the accompanying OPEC delegation were received at the Baghdad International Airport by Mr Feras El-Sader, Senior Director General at the Ministry of Oil, and other senior officials.
A statement issued by OPEC said the Secretary-General will hold bilateral meetings with H.E Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, Prime Minister of Iraq; the Oil Minister and other Iraqi leaders.
Barkindo will also visit several historical sites in Iraq, the cradle of ancient civilizations including the Ancient Hall.
Iraq is one of OPEC’s five Founder Members. It hosted the seminar ‘Baghdad Conference’ between 10 and 14 September 1960 in the Al-Shaab Hall in the Bab Al-Muaatham District, which led to the establishment of the organization.
The country has also played an instrumental role in the consultation and implementation phases of the Declaration of Cooperation between OPEC and 10 non-OPEC oil-producing countries, which was adopted on 10 December 2016.