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Iraq cuts oil exports to 3.5 million bpd in line with OPEC deal: minister

Oil tanks are seen at the gas field of Siba in Basra , Iraq April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Essam Al-Sudani/Files

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq has cut its oil exports average to 3.5 million barrels per day (bpd) in compliance with an ongoing production curb agreement, its oil minister said on Thursday.

Thamer Ghadhban told reporters that an OPEC meeting in Vienna in April would assess member states' compliance with agreed production cuts and whether to extend the curbs until the end of the year.

Iraq exported on average around 3.6 million bpd in January-February, and 3.7 million in December.

Iraq is committed to the deal and working to stabilise markets, and is producing slightly more than 4.5 million bpd, below its full capacity of nearly 5 million, Ghadhban said.

"We do not want severe volatility in prices because this affects producers and consumers," he added.


(Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Writing by John Davison; Editing by Mark Potter)