By John Lee.
Following remarks by Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussein al-Shahristani (pictured) that Kurdish Regional Government oil exports will go through the State Oil Marketing Company (SOMO) officials from the KRG have moved to clarify that this is not in fact the case.
KRG spokesman Safeen Dizayee remarked to reporters that while discussions were “useful” negotiations continue over the highly contentious issue of Kurdish oil exports to Turkey:
“Absolutely we have not reached any agreement to export oil via SOMO. The dialogue and discussions are still under way”
In the meantime, rumours have circulated that the KRG has borrowed money from Turkey to pay KRG officials, since Baghdad has been holding back salaries until the dispute is resolved.
(Source: Business Day)