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 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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