[size=52]Sulaymaniyah is biased towards the decisions of the "Federation" regarding the region's oil[/size]
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Sulaymaniyah: Peace be upon you
With the relationship between the federal government and the regional government regarding the extraction and export of oil and gas entering a sharp turn during the last period after the issuance of the recent Federal Court decisions, informed sources revealed that Erbil is pressing to invest in Sulaymaniyah gas in preparation for its export, and is also working on the oil file, but the leaders of Sulaymaniyah refuse It favors its investment by the federal government, specifically, for its respect for the decisions of the Federal Court, and for not bearing the consequences of its illegal export.
A well-informed Kurdish source in Sulaymaniyah said, "Iraq's independence in the gas file disturbs a neighboring country (he did not name it)," explaining that "there is a project to transport gas through Jordan or Turkey," noting that Turkey's relationship is volatile with America and Europe, but Iran and Russia will not remain silent. The region’s exported gas should be a substitute for Russian gas,” he stressed, stressing that “the issue goes beyond the region to regional countries to Europe, and the biggest player is Britain to defy the Russians,” as he put it.
The well-informed source pointed out that “the pressure series between the two major powers in the region (the National Union and the Democratic Party) does not amount to a complete estrangement, and a subsequent agreement can be made in light of mediations taking place between the two parties to formulate a balanced relationship that avoids them clashing.” He asked through “Al-Sabah”: “If the will of Europe requires finding an alternative to Russian gas, so do you expect Baghdad to have a strong position?” Expressing his conviction that “Britain strongly welcomes the export of the region’s gas in the sense of the welcome enjoyed by the Prime Minister of the regional government during his recent visit to London and his meeting with its prime minister and energy experts to persuade officials to find an alternative to Russian gas. The strong cover for exporting gas to Europe, which is an end in Britain to isolate the Russians in the war raging in Ukraine.”
In turn, the representative of the Kurdistan Justice Group, Soran Omar, said in his interview with “Al-Sabah” that “the issue of handing over oil imports and border crossings in Sulaymaniyah Governorate to the federal government is not a solution to the crisis between the center and the region, and it is almost impossible.”
He added, "The issue of gas at the present time is a pressure card that the region uses against the federal government, and on this basis all oil imports must be returned to the federal government so that a comprehensive solution is reached to end the staff salaries crisis by Baghdad."
Yesterday, Wednesday, the Federal Supreme Court decided to postpone the date of deciding the issue of sending sums of money to the Kurdistan Regional Government to finance the salaries of employees and workers in the public sector until the 12th of next June.
For his part, the Director of the International Center for Development Studies in the United Kingdom, Dr. Sadiq Al-Rikabi, said in an interview with “Al-Sabah”: “The lack of local agreement on approving the (oil and gas law), partisan conflicts and narrow interests have weakened both the center and the region alike.”
Al-Rikabi added that “the situation (the incompatibility) between Baghdad and Erbil and the lack of trust between the two parties, was exploited by some neighboring countries that found an outlet in the case of Iraqi weakness in order to impose their conditions or obtain the greatest benefit, and transform the energy file from an Iraqi economic file to an open file. on regional countries and become vulnerable to foreign interference.”
And the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, denied, in a press conference in Erbil yesterday, Wednesday, that oil was sold at less than international market prices, accusing the Federal Oil Ministry and the national “SOMO” company of threatening companies and pressuring them to buy the region’s crude at a low price.
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