Kerry to discuss possible oil supply disruptions from Iraq conflict: Official

US Secretary of State John Kerry will discuss with Gulf countries this week possible oil disruptions from the Iraq conflict, a senior State Department official said on Sunday.

Reuters| Last Updated: Jun 22, 2014, 14:44 PM IST

Cairo: US Secretary of State John Kerry will discuss with Gulf countries this week possible oil disruptions from the Iraq conflict, a senior State Department official said on Sunday.

Kerry is on a tour of countries in the Middle East and Europe. He is expected to travel to Iraq soon at the request of President Barack Obama.

"I would expect that to be a topic of discussion," a senior State Department official told reporters en route to Egypt when asked about possible oil supply disruptions from the Iraq conflict.

Sunni fighters have seized a border post on the Iraq-Syria frontier, smashing a line drawn by colonial powers a century ago in the Islamists` campaign to create a Caliphate from the Mediterranean Sea to Iran.

The fighting, with strong sectarian overtones, is pushing the country towards civil war. Iraq`s largest refinery, Baiji, 200 km (130 miles) north of the capital near Tikrit, has been transformed into a battlefield.

The official said discussions would be about the "possible impact of the Iraq situation" on global oil supply.