Kur­dis­tan Re­gion to sign en­ergy con­tracts with Turkey

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and Turkey will an­nounce their con­tracts in fields of oil and gas soon

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL -

Ac­cord­ing to a report pub­lished in Hur­riyet Daily News, Kur­dis­tan and Turkey have agreed on ex­port­ing Kur­dis­tan oil via pipe­lines. The report ex­plained that dur­ing the meet­ing be­tween the KRG Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani and his Turk­ish coun­ter­part Re­ceb Teyb Er­do­gan, the bi­lat­eral agree­ments have been dis­cussed in de­tails.

Ac­cord­ing to the report, Nechir­van Barzani stated that the Re­gion and Turkey have ini­ti­ated the process of sign­ing con­tracts in the fields of en­ergy.

Dur­ing Barzani's speech in Ankara, the Turk­ish For­eign Min­is­ter 'Dawul Oglu', and En­ergy Taner Yeldiz at­tended the meet­ing.

Taner Yeldiz told the Turk­ish me­dia that they're now work­ing in east and west of the Re­gion in the fields of oil and gas. He ex­plained that they will soon reach an agree­ment with the Re­gion to work in oil and gas fields and they will sign more con­tracts.

Build­ing an oil pipe­line to trans­fer oil from Kur­dis­tan Re­gion to in­ter­na­tional mar­kets through Turkey has been de­cided on since 2011.

Re­gard­ing Bag­dad and US dis­ap­proval over th­ese con­tracts, the KRG Prime Min­is­ter says that th­ese con­tracts are law­ful and are within the do­main of Iraqi con­sti­tu­tion. "We started the process and what­ever we have done, and will do, it's for the fa­vor of all Iraqis" states Nechir­van Barzani.

The Cen­tral government of Iraq had stated ear­lier that they have re­ceived a let­ter from Turk­ish of­fi­cials, stat­ing that Turkey is not ready to build a pipe­line with the Re­gion. Times later, the Turk­ish En­ergy Min­is­ter de­nied the news and said: "as the En­ergy Min­is­ter, No let­ter has been writ­ten by me stat­ing that Turkey re­fuses to build pipe­line with the Re­gion"

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