West News Wire: Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Friday that Germany is in discussions with Iraq about the prospect of importing natural gas from the oil-rich nation as Berlin works to diversify its energy supplies to replace a decline in Russian fossil fuel imports.

At a joint press conference in Berlin with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani, Scholz stated to journalists, “We also talked about possible gas supply to Germany and promised to continue in close communication.”

Regarding the quantity of gas that Germany hopes to acquire from Iraq, Scholz remained mum.

According to Al-Sudani, Baghdad has provided German businesses with chances to engage in exploiting natural gas produced in Iraq and gas produced as a byproduct of oil production. Iraq also intends to deliver gas through a pipeline via Turkiye to Europe.

Iraq continues to flare some of the gas extracted alongside crude oil because it lacks the facilities to process it into fuel for local consumption or exports.

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