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[casi] Haaretz: US asks Israel to transport Iraqi oil

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Subject: [AL-AWDA-News] Haaretz: US asks Israel to transport Iraqi oil
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2003 14:17:46 GMT

from Haaretz
Last Update: 24/08/2003 14:40

Paritzky to discuss transfer of oil from Iraq during U.S. visit

By Amiram Cohen and Akiva Eldar, Haaretz Correspondents and Haaretz

The United States has asked Israel to prepare a plan to renew the
transport of oil from the Iraqi city of Kirkuk to the Haifa port, Army
Radio reported Sunday.

Infrastructure Minister Yosef Paritzky told the station that he intends
to leave for Washington within two weeks to discuss the project in
meetings with U.S. officials.

"I intend to examine the idea of an oil pipe, but the contacts are only
preliminary," Paritzky told the station.

Sources involved in the project said that it has far-reaching economic
implications, but that it will not be carried out in the near future due
to the instability of Iraq.

The U.S. request followed Paritzky's demand in March this year to examine
the possibility of renewing the transfer of oil from Iraq to Israel, as
reported by Haaretz.

The pipeline transferring oil from Iraq to refineries in Haifa was shut
down after the 1948 war, and the oil was transported to the Mediterranean
Sea through Syria. There have been several attempts to renew the line's
operation in Haifa, the last one during the Iran-Iraq war, after the Gulf
was closed to Iraqi tankers, and after Syria agreed to Iran's request to
block the land pipe that transported Iraqi oil to the west.

Then-prime minister Yitzhak Shamir offered Iraq to renew the activity of
the old pipeline and transfer the oil to Haifa.

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