Baghdad pressures KRG with Kirkuk crude export cut

Iraq's Oil Minister said federally produced Kirkuk crude cannot flow through Kurdistan's pipeline without a new oil deal.
Iraqi Oil Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi speaks at the Sulaimani Forum on March 17, 2016. (Source: American University of Iraq-Sulaimani)

SULAIMANIYA - Iraq’s oil minister confirmed Thursday that Baghdad is withholding Kirkuk oil exports in order to force the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) back into negotiations over an oil export and revenue sharing deal.

“We can’t give over this oil without getting anything in return,” Oil Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi said, addressing a conference at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani.

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