KRG: Baghdad cannot prevent Erbil from oil export

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ARA News

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan – The Ministry of Natural Resources in Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) asserted on Monday that the Central Iraqi Government’s threats would not prevent the Kurdistan Region from exporting oil to the world market, and considered Bagdad’s complaint in this regard as a threat to Iraq’s relationships with the foreign companies.

In its official statement, of which ARA News received a copy, the Ministry pointed out: “the Federal Government (Iraqi Central Government) submitted a complaint against the KRG after the latter exported oil to the world market. However, Bagdad’s threats will not affect KRG business.”

The Ministry of Natural Resources in Iraqi Kurdistan believes that such a complaint will have negative impact on the Iraqi diplomatic relations on the international level.

The KRG started on Friday the selling process of the oil, reserved in the Turkish Port of Jihan on the Mediterranean, to European purchasers after weeks of delay, from KRG and the Turkish government, waiting an approval from the Iraqi Central Government. However, the Central (Federal) Government refused KRG’s sale of oil, and demanded the KRG to leave this business to “Soak”, the Central Government’s marketing company.

Since the start of 2014, Nouri al-Maliki’s Iraqi Central Government has stopped KRG’s financial allowances from the State’s budget as well as the salaries of KRG’s employees.

 

Reporting by Azad Jemkari

Source: ARA News

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