Oil Ministry rebuffs Parliament order against KAR

Despite a non-binding Parliament vote, the ministry indicated it will take a practical approach to continue working with the Iraqi Kurdish company enmeshed in northern Iraq's oil sector.
Oil Ministry rebuffs Parliament order against KAR
Acting Kirkuk Gov. Rakan Saed al-Jabouri meets with Deputy Oil Minister Karim Hattab and Director General of North Oil Company Farid al-Jadir on Jan. 8, 2018. (Source: Kirkuk governor's office)

The Oil Ministry is downplaying a non-binding Parliament directive that seeks to bar the Iraqi government from working with the Kurdish company KAR Group - a sign that the order will not have immediate impact on government policy.

"The ministry respects the decision that the Parliament has made," the ministry’s media office said in a statement on Tuesday. “It also hopes that all sides can present realistic solutions for the problems and the crises... as opposed to those that might create other crises and problems that we want to avoid.”

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