Turkish and Kurdish leaders have finalized the framework of a massive energy partnership and are poised to begin signing contracts, despite protests from Baghdad and Washington.
Published Friday, March 29th, 2013
ANKARA - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to have decided to move forward with a major energy deal with Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), despite sharp objections from the Iraqi central government and the United States.
Turkey and the KRG have fully negotiated a final framework of the deal, according to multiple senior Turkish officials – including stakes in at least a half-dozen exploration blocks and terms for the direct pipeline export of oil and gas from the KRG. With a green light now from Erdogan, the officials said, a flurry of contract signings will follow.