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Iraqi efforts underway to resolve Kurdish oil exports via Turkey

Ankara, Baghdad and Erbil appear willing to negotiate a new mechanism after an international tribunal dealt a blow to Kurdistan’s drive to sell its oil independently.
A view of an oil refinery in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, on June 20, 2014. Kurdish forces took control of Kirkuk and other disputed territory as Sunni Arab militants pressed an offensive that has seen them seize a large chunk of Iraq and sweep federal security forces aside. AFP PHOTO/KARIM SAHIB (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP) (Photo by KARIM SAHIB/AFP via Getty Images)
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Iraqi and Turkish officials are expected to meet soon to discuss a new arrangement for Iraqi oil exports via Turkey after an international tribunal penalized Turkey last week over Kurdish oil exports without Baghdad’s consent. 

Iraqi Oil Ministry spokesperson Asem Jihad told Al-Monitor that an Iraqi delegation would soon travel to Ankara for talks, stressing that neither Turkey nor the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) rejected the arbitration decision — an attitude that he said allows for “a new beginning.” 

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