Friday 20 October 2017

Syria is, in fact, an oil-producing country

IN the first paragraph of his article (Irish Independent, June 15), David McWilliams calls Syria "a country with no oil".

Mr McWilliams is incorrect here. Syria pumps about 390,000 barrels a day. It has an oil and gas minister and the country has reserves of about two billion barrels. In paragraph two, he states that Saudi Arabia is the world's largest producer of oil. This is also incorrect. Russia is the world's largest producer of oil.

I felt that, even at the risk of appearing pedantic, these inaccuracies should be highlighted.

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