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Iraq to ask foreign oil firms to build housing, provide services for employees

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BAGHDAD, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Iraq will ask foreign oil companies operating in the country to build housing for Iraqis employed on their projects, the oil ministry in Baghdad said in a statement on Wednesday.

Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi "issued a general notice which commits contracted companies to build modern housing compounds and provide essential services to employees," the statement said. (Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Mark Potter)