Iraq’s Kurds to resume oil exports Feb. 1st
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
BAGHDAD (AP) — A senior Iraqi Kurdish official says crude oil exports from the self-ruled Kurdish region will resume Feb. 1st.
Exports from the north have been halted for a few months amid a disagreement between the Baghdad government and Kurdish officials over payments.
The Kurds have sought greater control over oil in their crude-rich region in northern Iraq, while Baghdad has argued that the oil is a national resource that should be under central government control.
Kurdish Prime Minister Barham Saleh said Tuesday in a statement that the agreement was reached during meetings in Baghdad, but gave no further details.
Earlier this month, Iraq’s Oil Minister said the Kurds were committed to exporting 150,000 barrels a day by next year.
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