Turkey, KRG discuss export of oil via Turkey

The Kurdish Regional Government of northern Iraq has been in a stand off with the Baghdad government over oil exports via Turkey.

Turkey, KRG discuss export of oil via Turkey

World Bulletin / News Desk

Talks are continuing on the flow of northern Iraqi oil to international markets via Turkey, said Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz on Monday.

Yıldiz told AA that the process, which started with their visit to Baghdad on December 1, 2013, had not been completed yet, adding that the important thing was that talks between Baghdad and Irbil should be concluded. He expressed belief that Baghdad and Irbil would solve their problem between themselves, not over Turkey.

Yildiz noted that Turkey fulfilled its responsibilities through the process.

Iraqi Deputy Premier Hussein al-Shahristani had recently reiterated his concerns about shipping Iraqi oil from the north of the country to Ceyhan port in southern Turkey.

Kurdish regional administration in the north of Iraq and central Iraqi government reportedly failed to reach a consensus over the annual budget allocated to the administration as well as income to be gained with oil export to Turkey.

Administration's spokesman Sefin Dizayi recently stated that a delegation would visit Baghdad to solve the problems on oil shipment to Turkey.


Concerning the mutual visits of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki and Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, Arinc said that Iraqi officials paid visits to Turkey and Erdogan also has plans to visit Iraq despite their not currently being on the calendar.

Touching on the talks on the flow of northern Iraqi oil to international markets via Turkey, Arinc said, "parties shall reach a compromise in accordance with the Iraqi constitution because it is only possible after the agreement between the Iraqi central government and Kurdish regional government. We expect them to compromise."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Ocak 2014, 09:33