Iraqi federal and KRG oil talks cordial but still at odds

In their first in-person meeting, a political delegation from Erbil talked about terms for resolving the oil dispute with Baghdad while the Oil Ministry remains focused on technical implementation of the Federal Supreme Court ruling against the Kurdistan Region’s oil sector.
Iraqi federal oil and KRG political negotiating teams meet in Baghdad on April 11, 2022. (Source: Oil Ministry media office)

Iraq's Oil Ministry and representatives from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have met for the first time to discuss a major court ruling that invalidated the legal foundations of the semi-autonomous region’s oil and gas industry, nearly two months after the decision was announced.

Oil Minister Ihsan Ismaael hosted the KRG delegation in Baghdad on Monday for a meeting that appeared to highlight the differing approaches Erbil and Baghdad are taking in the aftermath of the court decision, which was issued in February in response to a decade-old case over the legality of the KRG’s oil and gas industry.

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