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Baghdad-Erbil oil disputes on hold until Mosul liberation

Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi spoke to Al-Monitor about production and revenue-sharing disputes between Baghdad and Erbil, and addressed plans to attract foreign investors to the country’s energy sector.
Iraq's Oil Minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi arrives at a hotel ahead of a meeting of OPEC oil ministers in Vienna, Austria, November 28, 2016. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader - RTSTNUG
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WASHINGTON — Iraq’s Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi, speaking to Al-Monitor during a visit to the United States to meet with US government officials and energy executives, addressed the challenges facing his country’s oil sector, including disputes between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Erbil over production and revenue sharing.

Luaibi commented on the disputed areas, noting that the KRG takes two-thirds of the total oil produced in Kirkuk, which he estimated at around 500,000 barrels daily.

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