Iraq presses claim to enforce arbitration award against Turkey

In a U.S. legal filing, Iraq contested Turkey's effort to flip the award in its own favor, as the two sides still appear deadlocked over a restart of Iraq’s northern exports.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani (center right) is received by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (center) in Ankara on March 21, 2023. (Photo credit: Iraqi Prime Minister's Office)

Iraq is pressing forward with its attempt to enforce a major arbitration award against Turkey, arguing for a U.S. court to enter a judgment of $601.9 million in Iraq's favor.

The Sept. 28 legal filing is a sign that Baghdad and Ankara do not appear to be close to the kind of diplomatic agreement needed to reopen Iraq's northern oil export pipeline via Turkey, despite a flurry of technical talks in mid-September that seemed to be laying the preliminary groundwork for a restart.

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