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Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 19, 2002


Future of Iraq, Oil and Energy Working Group Meeting

The first session of the Future of Iraq project working group on Oil and Energy will convene on December 20-21, 2002 in Washington, DC.

At this session, the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs will be hosting approximately 15 "Free Iraqis" for discussions regarding the current state of Iraq's oil and energy sectors, scenarios for the restoration and modernization of Iraq's oil fields and other essential energy infrastructure; and management of the energy sector to meet the needs of the Iraqi people in the post-Saddam era.

For further information regarding the Future of Iraq project, please contact Gregg Sullivan, Deputy Director for Press Affairs, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, at 202-647-5150.

All Future of Iraq working group meetings are closed to the press. However, if you are interested in interviewing some of the Iraqi participants at the conclusion of the session, please contact Mr. John Berry at Tel.: 202-736-4065 or Tel.: 202-374-1216.

Released on December 19, 2002

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