Ankara and Erbil are discussing resuming Iraqi oil exports

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Ankara’s ambassador to Baghdad, Ali Riza Gunay, discussed with the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq, Masrour Barzani, in Erbil, the resumption of Iraqi oil exports through Turkey.

A statement issued by the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq stated that the meeting between Barzani and Gonani witnessed the exchange of ideas regarding developments in Iraq and the strengthening of bilateral relations, and focused on advancing trade cooperation and facilitating travel procedures.

He added that the two sides discussed resuming the flow of oil shipped from the Kurdistan Regional Government to the port of Ceyhan in Adana Province, southern Turkey.

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The two parties agreed, according to the statement, on the need to resume oil shipping as soon as possible.

The statement also conveyed through the Turkish ambassador his country’s readiness to resume oil exports from Iraq.

Last Wednesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani said that his country is ready to find a solution to resume oil exports to Turkey, during his meeting with Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Alp Arslan Bayraktar and his accompanying delegation in the capital, Baghdad.

It is noteworthy that on March 25, it was announced that the flow of oil from Iraq to the port of Ceyhan in Turkey had stopped against the backdrop of a decision issued by the Paris-based International Court of Arbitration regarding the export of oil between Turkey and Iraq.