Kurdistan Region to sign energy contracts with Turkey
Kurdistan Region and Turkey will announce their contracts in fields of oil and gas soon
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"