Ankara Sides with Baghdad over Kurdish Energy

The new deal between Iraq’s central government and Turkey on the Ceyhan pipeline reportedly blocks the export of oil and gas from Kurdistan without Baghdad’s approval.

Both AKnews and Azzaman report that Turkey’s Energy Minister, Taner Yildiz, has agreed not to transport Kurdish oil and gas unless Baghdad agrees.

Speaking to AKnews, Ali Hussein Balo, an advisor in to KRG’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources said “any agreements signed by Hussein Shahristani are unconstitutional and he does not have the right to prevent Kurdistan’s gas from being exported to Europe through Nabucco pipeline. [He] has exceeded his authority. Signing agreements with foreign countries is not part of his authorities and falls under the authority of the parliament.”

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