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Shafaq News / The Iraqi Ministry of Oil renewed, on Saturday, its confirmation of the completion of all procedures related to the operations of resuming the export of Kurdistan Region's oil through the Turkish port of Ceyhan, which has been suspended since March 25.
"The Iraqi side has completed all procedures related to the resumption of oil exports, and the Turkish authorities have been informed of this, and are awaiting their response," said the ministry's spokesman, Assem Jihad, in response to questions from journalists, including the Shafaq News Agency correspondent.
In addition, an informed Turkish official suggested, on Saturday, that his country rejected Baghdad's request to resume exporting Kurdistan's oil through the port of Ceyhan, which was suspended a month and a half ago.
And the US Bloomberg Agency reported that officials from Turkey, which is awaiting the (presidential) elections tomorrow, Sunday, have said that they want to negotiate a settlement of 1.5 billion dollars before reopening the pipeline and the port to Iraqi oil flows.
For his part, an Iraqi official told Bloomberg Agency that Turkey had informed Iraq that maintenance work at the port, to repair the damage caused by the recent earthquakes, is still continuing.
The federal government in Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government usually export about 450,000 barrels per day of crude oil through the port of Ceyhan, which represents about 10% of Iraq's total production, while most of the crude is exported from the southern ports on the Persian Gulf.
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