Kurdistan export agreement: the document

Iraq Oil Report has obtained a copy of the key document that led to 14 months of oil exports from the KRG, which ended April 1.
Kurdistan export agreement: the document
Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani (R) and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani open a ceremonial valve during an event in Erbil to mark the start of oil exports on June 1, 2009. (SAFIN HAMED/Reuters)

BAGHDAD - Behind closed doors in Baghdad, on Jan. 17, 2011, the top oilman from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the newly instated federal oil minister negotiated a deal to pump crude from the semi-autonomous northern region into Baghdad's export pipeline.

It was a crucial part of a larger political deal reached between the two governments' prime ministers the following day. The two sides envisioned that cooperation on oil exports might help create a climate of trust that could lead to the approval of a long-delayed hydrocarbons law.

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