Baghdad pursues Kirkuk-Iran pipeline

After voicing opposition to the KRG's independence referendum, Iran contemplates a deal that could shift the balance of power in Iraq's disputes over territory and oil.
Baghdad pursues Kirkuk-Iran pipeline
Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luiebi answers questions from reporters at the OPEC headquarters ahead of the organization's crucial meeting on May 25, 2017. (BEN LANDO/Iraq Oil Report)

Iraq is taking steps to build an oil pipeline from Kirkuk to Iran - an initiative that could further complicate long-standing disputes between Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdistan region over oil and territorial control.

"We agreed on a joint committee to study the possibility of exporting Kirkuk's oil to an Iranian refinery by pipeline," said Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luiebi, in a statement issued after Sunday meetings in Tehran with his counterpart, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh.

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