“We are fully transparent”
Energy Minister Yildiz, who delivered vital messages to Baghdad, told Deputy Prime Minister Hussein Sharistani that Turkey was fully transparent in this process. Yildiz noted that the agreements reached with Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani during his Ankara visit were to the benefit of all concerned parties and that Ankara wanted to improve relations with Iraq.
Yildiz said Prime Minister Erdogan was paying serious attention to his proposed visit to Iraq and that Ankara was looking forward to a visit by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as soon as possible.
Trilateral mechanism to be set up
Yildiz also had meetings with KRG President Massoud Barzani, Nechirvan Barzani and other officials. Yildiz said, with Barzani and Nechirvan, that they worked on a joint declaration to be issued. Reading from the text written in Arabic, English and Turkish, Yildiz said, “We wish to receive the consent of the Iraqi central government for commercial export of oil from the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government to Turkey and to launch a trilateral cooperation project that will serve all the parties. We can easily start the meetings on the mechanism at Erbil, Baghdad or Ankara.”
We will not sit idle
Yildiz, replying to questions by the news site Rudaw, known to be close to Barzani, said Turkey did not want temporary relations with the Iraqi Kurdistan region and hoped to preserve relations with the same degree of warmth. Yildiz added, “To be blunt, Turkey does not intend to sit idle about energy resources so close to its territory.