New leadership revives Baghdad-Erbil oil talks

After more than a decade of disputes over oil and revenue, Iraqi leaders see renewed political and financial incentives to negotiate solutions.
New leadership revives Baghdad-Erbil oil talks
Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi (right) meets with Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani in Baghdad on July 16, 2019. (Source: KRG media office)

ERBIL/BAGHDAD - Top leaders in Baghdad and Erbil have opened a fresh round of talks to resolve long-standing disputes over oil and territory, as new administrations in both capitals look to reset their relationship.

Iraq's federal government and the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have attempted such strategic negotiations for more than a decade, but the renewed efforts are inspiring hope of a breakthrough because of both a recent reshuffling of leadership and a sense of financial urgency.

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