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October 2, 2023[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Baghdad/Al-Masala Al-Hadath: The spokesman for the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Al-Sahhaf, confirmed the continuation of Iraq’s discussions with the Turkish side regarding the water and oil re-export issues, pointing out that the coming days hold great opportunities to maximize the level of partnership between Baghdad and Ankara.
Al-Sahhaf said in a statement to a Kurdish satellite channel followed by Al-Masala, that there are still outstanding points of contention between the two neighboring countries over a number of political, security and economic files, most notably the water file, the re-export of oil from the Kurdistan region through the port of Ceyhan, and the Turkish forces’ continued violations of Iraqi sovereignty by bombing areas located In the Kurdistan region under the pretext of pursuing members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party.
He added that discussions with the Turkish side are continuing in various fields, including what concerns the water sector and other joint sectors, as well as regarding the export of Iraqi oil via Turkey, noting that the specialized technical teams are working mainly to agree on a common vision that stems from affirming the interests of the two neighboring countries. .
He concluded his speech by saying that the principles of good neighborliness and the nature of the common relations between the two sides require that the negotiation paths be highly positive, adding: We also believe that the coming days will bring great opportunities to maximize the level of partnership between Baghdad and Ankara.
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