KRG claims right to independent crude exports

As the divisions between Baghdad and Kurdistan widen, Ashti Hawrami says Kurdistan has the right to sell its oil abroad.
A worker fills a truck at the GKPI Production Facility. Gulf Keystone started its first exploration well in the Shaikan Bloc in 2009 and continues to expand exploration and production. (SEBASTIAN MEYER/Metrography/Iraq Oil Report)

ERBIL - Kurdistan could initiate independent crude exports if its dispute with Baghdad remains unresolved, according to the semi-autonomous region's top oil policymaker.

Minister of Natural Resources Ashti Hawrami said that the central government has illegally stopped payments for Kurdistan's past exports and cut the region's share of refined products.

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