Oil prices will not reach "levels desired" by Iraq before the end of 2018 or 2019, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday in Baghdad.
"Demand has increased and this has helped raise the prices but it won't return to the level of 2013" when crude exceeded $100 a barrel, he told a news conference.
"Oil will not reach a desired level before 2018 or 2019," he added, without indicating Iraq's desired price.
Iraq is OPEC's second-largest crude producer, after Saudi Arabia
(Reporting Saif Hameed; Editing by Ruth Pitchford)