Hawrami draws ‘red line’ for Baghdad oil talks

Rising oil output give KRG a strong negotiating position, but demands over independent export rights and control of disputed fields could put pressure on fragile Baghdad rapprochement.
Hawrami draws ‘red line’ for Baghdad oil talks
Oil tanks at Turkey's Mediterranean port of Ceyhan, which is run by state-owned Petroleum Pipeline Corporation (BOTAS). (UMIT BEKTAS/Reuters)

LONDON - Leaders from Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) are drawing red lines on oil policy that could put pressure on a fragile rapprochement with Baghdad.

Kurdish Minister of Natural Resources Ashti Hawrami insisted Wednesday that the KRG will continue to export oil independently, and reasserted the KRG's determination to control two major oil assets it seized in July, which were previously part of Baghdad's oil portfolio.

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