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Iraq official calls for oil partnerships

A top Iraqi official called for partnerships with international companies to boost his country’s oil industry on Sunday, saying Iraq’s emergence as a “secure petro-democracy” could quell rampant sectarian violence. Deputy Prime Minister Barham Saleh, a Kurd, conceded disputes between local officials and the central government over who controls oil proceeds were one of many obstacles to making improvements. But he said he was hopeful that oil would be a “unifying force for Iraqis rather than a resource to fight over.” Full Story

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