LONDON - The annual Iraq oil conference here typically omits leading representation from Iraq's Kurdistan region. Baghdad claims sole control over the country's oil sector and has criticized the semi-autonomous region's oil deals as overstepping its authority.
But this year, the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) natural resources minister, Ashti Hawrami, who is never short of opinions, was a featured speaker. He touted a time-has-come message, demanding respect for an oil province that rarely gets a seat at the table in Iraq's oil sector.
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