Iraq oil minister says new oil deal needs support from key oil producers outside OPEC+

Oil minister Thamir al-Ghadhban said any new deal needs support from key producers from outside the OPEC+ alliance

  

BAGHDAD- Iraq's oil minister is optimistic about reaching a new deal among producers to reduce oil output after phone calls with some of his OPEC+ counterparts, his ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

Oil minister Thamir al-Ghadhban said any new deal needs support from key producers from outside the OPEC+ alliance such as the United States, Canada and Norway.

OPEC and Russia have postponed a meeting to discuss oil output cuts until April 9, as a dispute between Moscow and Saudi Arabia over who is to blame for plunging crude prices intensified.

(Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; editing by Jason Neely) ((rania.elgamal@thomsonreuters.com; +971 562 160 434; Reuters Messaging: rania.elgamal.reuters.com@reuters.net ; Twitter: @RaniaElGamal10))

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