On Saturday, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) shared updates on the ongoing efforts to resume sending oil from the Kurdistan region to Turkey. However, they also noted that Ankara has been imposing unreasonable demands. Additionally, the KDP confirmed that a visit from the Turkish side to Baghdad is anticipated.
During an interview with Al-Maalouma agency, party leader Wafa Muhammad stated that the federal government has not yet reached an agreement with Turkey regarding the re-sending of Kurdistan region’s oil for exportation through the Ceyhan pipeline.
He stated that Ankara imposes restrictive terms, while Baghdad opposes them, making it difficult to make progress in talks. He highlighted that the government is attempting to utilize Kurdistan’s oil in two ways: either exporting it through alternative channels instead of Turkey or utilizing its byproducts for domestic use.
According to the leader of Barzani’s party, the Turkish side will soon visit Baghdad to address the matter of resuming oil production. The decision on how to use and dispose of Kurdistan’s oil will be left to the Iraqi side after this meeting.
A parliament member, Muhammad al-Ziyadi, has confirmed that the issue of resuming oil exports from Kurdistan to Turkey remains unresolved, and the Turkish government is trying to evade financial penalties to Iraq by ignoring the decision of the Paris International Court.
Iraq won an international lawsuit against Turkey for receiving oil from the Kurdistan region illegally. As a result, Turkey has been using various means to harm Iraq’s economy and exporting its oil through the port of Ceyhan. Furthermore, Turkey has failed to pay the fine imposed on them by international courts.