OPEC chief says production in Iraq is not affected after attacks



OPEC Secretary General Mohamed Barkindo said Wednesday that oil production in Iraq has not been affected, after Iran launched several missiles against air bases with a US presence in the Arab country.

"Oil production in Iraq has not been affected ... production continues," Barkindo said at a conference in the Emirati capital, Abu Dhabi.

For his part, the Minister of Energy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Suhail al Mazrouei, said he does not expect that there will be a shortage of oil supplies in case of an escalation of tension in the Middle East.

"We do not foresee a shortage of supplies, unless there is a catastrophic event that we do not see that will occur," said the minister at the same conference.

Even so, he assured that in case of conflict, OPEC would have to meet and take action, but assured that "the markets are well supplied."

"We will not see a war," said Al Mazrouei, who called for calm and to escalate the conflict, after this morning Iran launched ballistic missiles against US-based bases in Iraq.

This morning, Iran launched at least 22 missiles against the air base of Ain al Asad and the city of Erbil, points in Iraq with the presence of US military.

Iraqi forces confirmed that there have been no casualties in their ranks, but the status of US personnel is unknown.

The Guardians of the Iranian Revolution, who assured that the attack is a first step of their "hard revenge" for the murder by the USA. of the powerful general Qasem Soleimaní last Friday.

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