Iraqi FM: Iraq to sell oil to Europe through Turkey

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 07.11.2014 22:53
Iraqi FM: Iraq to sell oil to Europe through Turkey

Speaking to the press at a breakfast organized at the Sheraton Hotel in Ankara, said Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari of Iraq. Regarding the problems related with the use of petrol resources between Baghdad and the Kurdish Regional Government, Jaafari said, "We believe this is over; we want to open up a new page." Regarding the relations between Turkey and Iraq, Jaafari said that the Iraqi government values Turkey as a door to Europe and that Iraq can sell oil and natural gas to Europe through Turkey. He also noted that they want to benefit from Turkey's experience in trade, investments and transportation. Emphasizing that Iraq is a diverse country in terms of race, language and religion, Jaafari said, "Properly administrating such diversity sends a positive message to the world. When success is achieved in such diverse countries, it serves the good of humankind as a whole."

When asked whether his visit to Ankara was to discuss the problems with the central Iraqi government and the Kurdish Regional Government about the sale of oil to Turkey, Jaafari said that Turkey is a valued neighbor, whereas the problems with the Kurdish region are Iraq's national business.

"We perceive this as a national problem. There certainly are current problems, but we will be dealing with such problems within our own country," Jaafari said. Noting that the problems should be resolved according to the Iraqi constitution, Jaafari underscored that oil is Iraq's national treasure and the income that will be obtained from the sale of crude oil belongs to Iraqis. On the funds that are claimed to be gained from the sale of crude oil to Turkey by the Kurdish Government and blocked by Turkish Bank, Halkbank, Jaafari said, "We trust that the income obtained from oil sales is in good hands. We didn't discuss these claims, but more discussions on this matter will be held in detail in the future."

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