Iraq Warns Turkey To Halt Kurdistan Pipeline Deal

Iraq has warned Turkey against following through with a deal to build new pipelines carrying oil and gas from Iraqi Kurdistan, reports International Business Times.

Turkey signed the pipeline deal with the Kurdistan Regional Government on Sunday, bypassing the central government in Baghdad.

The BBC quotes Ali al-Moussawi, an adviser to Iraq’s president, as saying, “we have no problem with any deals, but they have to be according to the Iraqi constitution and laws that govern relations between Baghdad and the Kurdish region”.

The warning comes a day after Baghdad told the KRG it must obtain Baghdad’s approval for any oil export deals signed with Turkey.

The latest spat between Ankara and Baghdad comes amid a climate of worsening relations between the neighbours.

(Sources: International Business Times, BBC)

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