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Baghdad-Erbil oil dispute: Agreeing to disagree, for now

As the Erbil-Baghdad oil controversy drags on, it remains unclear how ties will be affected between Ankara, Erbil and Baghdad.

Have Baghdad and Ankara agreed to resolve the Kurdish oil issue? Has Baghdad agreed with Erbil to settle the dispute that broke out after the latter concluded a contract to independently export its oil to world markets? Or has it not? The reality on the ground does not indicate that there is a real agreement on settlement, but rather shows that things are left pending, perhaps until the elections are over, making the only agreement on the absence of an agreement.

A prominent Iraqi politician who is close to the decision-making sources in Baghdad spoke of this vision to Al-Monitor and tackled the consequences of the crisis that began with the announcement of the visit of the Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Nov. 27 to sign contracts to ship oil from the region to Turkey via a pipeline that has been established for this purpose.

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