In addition, we are expanding our Testing portfolio in the pre-salt deepwater market in Angola. In addition to discrete Testing awards for drillstem testing and our DynaLink service, Halliburton has recently been awarded contracts by multiple customers to provide a full suite of testing and subsea services in their pre-salt operations.
Activity on these wins is expected to start throughout 2014 and will give Halliburton a significant position for testing and subsea services in the Angola pre-salt market.
In conjunction with our successes in testing offshore discovery wells elsewhere in Africa and in Brazil, these wins demonstrate the strength of our deepwater testing and subsea business.
In the Middle East, Asia region, compared to the prior quarter, revenue and operating income were lower by 2% and 5%, respectively. Higher activity in Saudi Arabia was partially offset by activity delays for stimulation activity in Australia. Also contributing to the sequential decline was the prior quarter benefit from the conclusion of the Majnoon project in Iraq and increased completions activity in Malaysia that do not repeat.
Let me speak specifically to the Kurdistan market for a moment. This is an area that until now has been primarily focused on exploration, but we're expecting development work will ramp up over the next few years, following a series of successful appraisal programs.
Halliburton has completed construction of a large multiproduct line facility in Kurdistan and we're mobilizing for recent awards in cementing, Sperry, Baroid among our product lines. We're still in early days but we expect this to be a growth market for Halliburton.
In Saudi Arabia Halliburton was awarded an important three-year contract to drill and complete new wells on an existing field. Saudi Arabia's a core market for Halliburton and we believe this win demonstrates our customers’ confidence in Halliburton's ability to help plan and mobilize to execute a significant program award.
Turning to Latin America we saw significant improvement compared to the second quarter as revenues increased 6% sequentially and operating income improved by 57%. Mexico was the primary driver, for recent contract approvals resulted in an increase in the consulting and software revenue for the quarter.
In the offshore market, stimulation vessel utilization was improved relative to the first half of the year.
Additionally, improved profitability in wireline and cementing in Argentina contributed to the sequential growth. The improved results in Mexico and Argentina more than offset the activity-related weakness in Brazil and Venezuela.
With respect to Brazil and Mexico, we believe that the fourth quarter activity levels may be significantly lower than originally anticipated. There are two primary reasons for this decrease.
First in Mexico, activity levels on our Southern Alliance II project are expected to decline meaningfully over the remaining months of the year as PEMEX ramps down the ongoing IPM work in preparation for the mega tenders. We average seven rigs in the Southern Alliance project during the third quarter, and expect to exit the year at two rigs. This lower level of activity is then expected to continue through early 2014 until the new mega tender projects are expected to ramp up.