Baghdad-Erbil oil diplomacy raises hopes for pipeline progress

High-level meetings involving Baghdad and Erbil leaders and oil company representatives aim for deals needed to restart northern pipeline exports.
Iraqi Oil Minister Hayyan Abdulghani (fifth from left) and KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani (fourth from right) meet in Erbil on Nov. 12, 2023. (Photo credit: KRG)

SULAIMANIYA - Leaders in Baghdad have held several meetings in recent days aimed at restarting northern pipeline exports, including high-level talks in Erbil and a meeting with international oil companies in Dubai.

The diplomacy has not yielded any definitive breakthrough yet, but the high-level composition of the delegations and the pace of their talks suggest there could be political backing and urgency to find at least temporary solutions to problems that have kept over 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude off of international markets since late March.

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