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Iraq Oil Minister Calls Exxon Mobil's Evacuation of Foreign Staff 'Unacceptable'

Exxon Mobil's decision to evacuate its foreign staff from the West Qurna 1 oilfield in southern Iraq on Saturday was "unacceptable and unjustified," Iraq's Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban said on Sunday. "The withdrawal of multiple employees - despite their small number - temporarily has nothing to do with the security situation or threats in the oilfields in of southern Iraq, but it's for political reasons," Ghadhban said in a statement. Exxon Mobil, which...

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