Jordan has drawn up a final list of companies participating in a tender for the construction of a 750km oil pipeline that will connect the Hidatha oil terminal located 260km away from Baghdad and a Jordanian oil processing plant, the Jordanian Energy Minister reported to the AR news agency. There are three companies of originally registered 35 left on the final list. The minister did not specify the names of these companies, but said among those was a Russian company. The winner of the tender will be announced in January 2003.
Europe has recognised the need for negotiations with Russia to discuss the security system on the continent. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is going to Macedonia for meetings with colleagues within the OSCE