On Monday, Jordanian King Abdullah II visited Iraq for the first time in over a decade. The visit by the king of Jordan is the latest in a string of top-level diplomatic encounters in Iraq in recent weeks.The two countries share a 179-kilometer border, and Jordan is a major importer of Iraqi crude oil.
President Donald Trump signed the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act into law Dec. 11. The law instructs the federal government to prioritize assistance for religious and ethnic minorities that have been targeted for "genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes".
OPEC and its allies unlikely to agree official output increase but will feel the pressure to avoid a spike in crude oil prices ahead of US sanctions on Iran taking effect. The organisation's members will meet this weekend in Algeria.