[size=32]Barzani: Developing our oil and gas sector may not be in Iran's interest... and it will face Iranian resistance[/size]
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The Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Masrour Barzani, said on Tuesday that the development of the oil and gas sector in the region "may not be in the interest of energy-producing Iran," according to international press sources.
He added, in a speech during the World Energy Forum in the UAE, that "the recent attacks on Erbil, and the legal procedures of the federal government, confirm that there is resistance to development" in the Kurdistan region, which is rich in energy resources.
In early March, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard said that it bombed Israeli "strategic centers" in Erbil, in response to an Israeli air strike that killed two of its members in Syria.
Most of the 12 missiles fired at the Kurdish capital hit a "villa" belonging to a Kurdish businessman working in the energy sector in the semi-autonomous region, according to Reuters.
The attack in Erbil occurred shortly after an Iraqi federal court deemed the oil and gas law regulating the oil industry in Iraqi Kurdistan "unconstitutional" and demanded that Kurdish authorities hand over their crude supplies.
Barzani said that "the court's ruling is political," and that the administration of the Kurdistan region is negotiating with the federal government to preserve "constitutional rights."
He added that the Kurdistan Region had given assurances to its trading partners and international organizations operating in the semi-autonomous region that it was committed to honoring the contracts it had signed.