PM Barzani vis­its Turkey

The KRG has de­cided to ex­port Kirkuk oil through Kur­dish pipe­line

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

The Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani ac­com­pa­nied by a high­rank­ing del­e­ga­tion vis­ited Turkey last week. He met with the Turk­ish Prime Min­is­ter Re­cep Type Er­do­gan and a num­ber of se­nior Turk­ish min­is­ters and govern­ment of­fi­cials.

The Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani ac­com­pa­nied by a high-rank­ing del­e­ga­tion vis­ited Turkey last week. He met with the Turk­ish Prime Min­is­ter Re­cep Type Er­do­gan and a num­ber of se­nior Turk­ish min­is­ters and govern­ment of­fi­cials.

The Kur­dish del­e­ga­tion in­cluded the Deputy to PM Qubad Tal­a­bani and Kirkuk gover­nor Na­j­maddin Ka­reem from the Pa­tri­otic Union of Kur­dis­tan (PUK), the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment (KRG) Min­is­ter of Nat­u­ral Re­sources Ashti Hawrami and the of­fi­cial Spokesman of the KRG Safin Deza­yee.

In ad­di­tion to the meet­ing with the Turk­ish For­eign Min­is­ter Davot­toglu, PM Barzani also met with Taner Yildiz, Turk­ish Min­is­ter of En­ergy and Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Hakan Fi­dan, In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice MIT and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the rul­ing AK-Party, Turk­ish me­dia re­ported.

The visit came af­ter PM Barzani’s visit to Iran. Dur­ing the meet­ing, the PM Barzani and his Turk­ish coun­ter­part the PM Er­do­gan talked about the cur­rent se­cu­rity and po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments in Iraq fol­low­ing the ISIS of­fen­sives.

They also dis­cussed the mu­tual po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic re­la­tions and vowed to im­prove their re­la­tions in the fu­ture. The KRG made a big move and stated that it would ex­port Kur­dish oil of Kirkuk through the newly con­structed pipe­line to the Turk­ish port of Cey­han.

The move was de­scribed as “Shock­ing” by the people of Kur­dis­tan but wel­comed it of course. Many say that this is a great mes­sage to the cen­tral govern­ment that the KRG is stronger than ever.

The Kur­dish Nat­u­ral Re­sources Min­is­ter Ashti Hawrami told Reuters the Kurds had plans to in­crease their ex­ports eight­fold by the end of 2015, in­clud­ing pump­ing oil from the fields taken by the Kur­dish fighters two weeks ago. «We ex­pect to be able to ex­port 1 mil­lion bpd by the end of next year, in­clud­ing crude from Kirkuk,» he said. Al­though he in­sisted the Kurds would share the pro­ceeds with Bagh­dad. «We want to work with Bagh­dad un­der the con­sti­tu­tion, and they will get their share of the oil we ex­port from Kirkuk,” Min­is­ter Hawrami told Reuters.

Two weeks ago the Kur­dish pesh­merga troops took con­trol of Kirkuk - a city the Kurds con­sid­ers their an­ces­tral cap­i­tal - and the out­ly­ing ru­ral ar­eas rich in oil, ex­pand­ing their ter­ri­tory by more than a third.

One of the lat­est gov­ern­ments to of­fi­cially en­dorse the cre­ation of a Kur­dish State is the state of Is­rael. The Is­raeli For­eign Min­is­ter Avig­dor Lieber­man said at a press con­fer­ence on Thurs­day, af­ter a meet­ing with U.S. Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry in Paris, that the cre­ation of an in­de­pen­dent Kur­dish State is a fore­gone con­clu­sion. “Iraq is break­ing up be­fore our eyes and it would ap­pear that the cre­ation of an in­de­pen­dent Kur­dish State is a fore­gone con­clu­sion,” he told the Turk­ish me­dia.

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