Iraq still in talks with Turkey, KRG over resuming Kirkuk oil exports
Iraq is still in talks with Turkey and Kurdish regional authorities to resume Kirkuk oil exports through the Ceyhan port, Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi told state-run newspaper al-Sabah on July 2.
“The decision to restart exports depends on the results of the talks,” Luaibi was quoted by al-Sabah as saying.
The offensive was a response to the independence referendum held on Sept. 25 by the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), which Baghdad opposed.
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Kirkuk is one of the biggest and oldest oilfields in the Middle East, estimated to contain about 9 billion barrels of recoverable oil, according to BP.