Kur­dis­tan ne­go­ti­at­ing gas and oil deals with Iran

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

In or­der to meet its do­mes­tic de­mand, the Kur­dish Gov­ern­ment is ne­go­ti­at­ing to buy Ira­nian gas and have Kur­dish oil re­fined across the bor­der, an of­fi­cial from the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment (KRG) said.

The gas will be for house­hold use and to run Kur­dis­tan's power sta­tions, the of­fi­cial said, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity since the deal has not been made public.

He said the KRG also wants Iran to re­fine Kur­dish oil and send it back for do­mes­tic use.

Talks on the deals be­gan this week when an Ira­nian del­e­ga­tion vis­ited Kur­dis­tan. It was led by Rostam Ghasemi, head of the Iran-Iraq trade mission and in­cluded Manuchehir Ardis­tani, ad­vi­sor to Iran's Oil Min­is­ter and Az­izul­lah Rafzani, head of Iran's na­tional gas com­pany.

The Ira­nian del­e­ga­tion met with Kur­dish Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani, Nat­u­ral Re­sources Min­is­ter Ashti Hawrami and other gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

Iran's am­bas­sador to Bagh­dad also joined the meet­ings on Thurs­day.

The KRG of­fi­cial said that ne­go­ti­a­tions were over the route of a pipe­line that would carry Ira­nian gas, and de­tails of the oil re­fin­ing deal.

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