KRG Minister of Natural Resources discusses SPIEF'24, oil exports

Mohammed emphasized that the companies operating in the Kurdistan Region include not only Russian firms but also American, European, and Turkish companies, all of which have been treated equitably since the start of oil production.
Kamal Mohammed, the acting minister of natural resources for the KRG. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)
Kamal Mohammed, the acting minister of natural resources for the KRG. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan24) – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) delegation is actively participating in the 27th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF'24) in Russia. The delegation is involved in various panels and has scheduled meetings with several Russian officials.

Kamal Mohammed, the acting minister of natural resources for the KRG, informed Kurdistan24, "Our participation as a delegation of the Kurdistan Region is the result of an official invitation extended to Prime Minister Masrour Barzani of the Kurdistan Region.”

He added, "The forum is an annual event in St. Petersburg, and the Prime Minister tasked us with attending on behalf of the region."

A panel discussion on energy was held today, featuring prominent figures such as the Russian Prime Minister, the Saudi oil minister, and ministers from the UAE and Venezuela, along with representatives from Gazprom.

Mohammed emphasized that the companies operating in the Kurdistan Region include not only Russian firms but also American, European, and Turkish companies, all of which have been treated equitably since the start of oil production.

"Given that both Gazprom and Rosneft are state-owned Russian entities with significant economic and political influence, and they are operational in the Kurdistan Region, our participation in the conference is crucial," he said.

Highlighting a critical issue, Mohammed noted, "Oil exports have been suspended for nearly a year and three months. Our primary goal is to negotiate an agreement with Baghdad to resume oil exports and enable companies to develop oil fields and boost production."