By John Lee.
On a three-day visit to Turkey, Iraq’s foreign minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari has reportedly told his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, that oil affairs in Iraq, including Iraqi Kurdistan, come under the control of Baghdad.
At a join press conference he said that they are trying to resolve the recent “mistakes” with Turkey, a clear reference to the support of Ankara for Kurdistan Region’s independent exports of oil without the approval of Baghdad.
BasNews quotes the Minister as saying:
“Oil is the country’s resource and according to Iraqi constitution its one of the responsibility of Iraqi government and oil revenue has always been on the basis of the Province’s population and the percentage of oil export from the Province …
“Right now a different situation has emerged and some problems has surfaced and now we are trying to find a solutions for those issues to solve those issues we will go back to the constitution …
“The problems has effected Kurdish budget and salaries, which the Iraqi Prime Minister is trying to solve it and open a new page with our Kurdish brothers.”