The president signed an executive order to allow the United States to import crude oil from Iraq and Syria as well as Iranian oil into the U.S. on Friday, in a move that would allow the countries to bypass a temporary suspension imposed by Congress.
The order signed by President Donald Trump says the U: “will allow Iraqi and Syrian oil exports to enter the United State via the Keystone Pipeline as long as it is subject to the conditions of the Agreement between the United Nations and Iraq and the Parties to the Agreement.”
Iraq, the country with the second-largest oil reserves in the world, has been in a state of civil war since 2014, after it was invaded by the Islamic State group.
It has a long history of exporting oil to the United Kingdom, where it is known as the “bitter sweet” oil.
Syria, the third-largest country in the Middle East, has a civil war raging that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.
Iraq has not been a U.N. member since 2005.
The U.K. has been trying to secure the return of its oil exports.
The British government said Friday that the move would allow Iraqi oil to reach Britain.
The White House said Friday it was “committed to a negotiated settlement” with the government of Iraq, which is the United Arab Emirates.
The administration says Iraq is ready to enter a long-term oil deal.
In the U and the Middle Eastern, the U.-led coalition against ISIS is currently bombing the Islamic militants in Iraq.