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Iraq: Shahristani’s Return: Significance for IOCs

When Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited the White House on 14 April, there was room for three other officials on the couch reserved for the Iraqi delegation in addition to Abadi himself. Notably, Hussein Shahristani, the former deputy prime minister for energy, had a seat – albeit the furthest from Prime Minister Abadi and US President Barack Obama – with Finance Minister Hoshayr Zebari closest to Abadi and Oil Minister Adel Abd’al-Mahdi in the middle.


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