May 23, 2013 in the economic
ANKARA - Iraq News Network: The Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said that "his country looks forward to the signing of business contracts this year with Russian and American companies operating in the Kurdistan region of Iraq for joint exploration for oil and gas." Turkey is working to gain the trust of the Kurdistan region as it seeks to increase its participation in oil and gas projects in a move that angered the central government in Baghdad, which says it alone has the authority to control oil exports from Iraq. He Yildiz in a press statement that "the most likely to be working with Russian companies and the U.S. in the north of Iraq as part of various projects such as drilling for oil and gas in the current year may expect state-owned companies and private companies, commercial contracts with Kurdistan. Refusing to disclose the names of the companies. The official said the Turkish "The Iraqi companies operating in the Kurdistan region could be involved in such partnerships, which will include three or four partners," adding that "Turkey made it very clear during the visit of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the United States said it is impossible to remain Ankara away from projects possible in Iraq, "noting that" the two sides discussed the best model for partnership and who respects the Iraqi constitution. " He added that "these partnerships can be done by state-owned companies and quasi-governmental companies and sometimes with private companies." He Yildiz that "Turkey is keen to help Iraq establish pipelines with increased production of the Member State in OPEC but the pipeline based, which carries oil from fields in Kirkuk to Ceyhan on the Mediterranean should be used to full capacity," pointing out that "Turkey is examined as well as purchases of Iranian oil during the visit of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the United States. " The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed last week during his visit to the United States U.S. concerns about Turkey's close ties with Iraqi Kurdistan during meetings in Washington with U.S. President Barack Obama. Erdogan announced minutes before heading to Washington that "Turkish companies have already entered into a contract with the American Exxon Mobil Energy. But he declined to give further details before his visit. Exxon was the first company to sign exploration deals with the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq, followed by Chevron and France's Total and Russia's Gazprom. The Baghdad transactions between the oil companies and the Iraqi Kurdistan illegal while leaders say the semi-autonomous region that the right of control over oil resources guaranteed by the Iraqi constitution, which develop after the US-led invasion in 2003.
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