PM Barzani visits Turkey
The KRG has decided to export Kirkuk oil through Kurdish pipeline
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.