(MENAFN - Iraq Business News) By John Lee.
Oil Minister Thamer al-Ghadban has criticisedExxonMobil ‘s decision to temporarily evacuate staff from theWest Qurna oil fieldas 'unacceptable and unjustified'.
In a statement on Sunday, he said the move was "political", and pointed out that other international oil companies are continuing to work freely.
According to CNN, the company evacuated about 30 foreign engineers from Basra as a "temporary precautionary measure".
(Sources: Ministry of Oil, CNN)