Iraq in talks with U.S. firms over buying of Exxon shares in West Qurna 1 oilfield - statement

It did not say which companies were interested in buying the shares

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. Workers adjust the valves of oil pipes at West Qurna oilfield in Iraq's southern province of Basra . Picture taken November 28, 2010.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Workers adjust the valves of oil pipes at West Qurna oilfield in Iraq's southern province of Basra . Picture taken November 28, 2010.

REUTERS/Atef Hassan

BAGHDAD - Iraq said on Thursday it is in discussions with U.S. oil companies over a possible purchase of ExxonMobil shares in the southern West Qurna 1 oil field.

It did not say which companies were interested in buying the shares, and provided no further details.

(Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed, John Davison. Editing by Jane Merriman) ((John.Davison@thomsonreuters.com;))