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Turkey is trying to pressure Iraq in all political and technical ways, to force Iraq to submit to its conditions in exchange for resuming oil exports through Ceyhan. Can Ankara force Baghdad to adhere to these conditions? An economic expert explains in “Baghdad Today.”
Oil expert Bahjat Ahmed confirmed today, Thursday (October 26, 2023), that Turkey tried by all political and technical means to force Iraq to accept its conditions regarding the resumption of oil exports.
Ahmed said in an interview with "Baghdad Today", "The Iraqi government withstood repeated Turkish pressures, and was victorious at this stage and did not yield to Ankara's demands and conditions."
He added, "The recent Turkish statements from the Turkish Minister of Energy regarding resuming the export of Kurdistan's oil through the port of Ceyhan have a goal beyond that, and their purpose is to resume negotiations in order to reach a convincing solution for both parties."
He points out that "Turkey knows that it cannot impose its conditions on Iraq, and it is trying to resume negotiations, because Baghdad has closed all doors in its face."
The economic expert explains, "Turkey was using the excuse that it could not resume oil exports because of the earthquake, but it repaired the damage days after it occurred, and this is only an excuse."
The Iraqi position
It is assumed that, since Wednesday, October 11, the pipelines connecting to the Turkish port of Ceyhan have been ready to work and transport crude oil from Iraq and the Kurdistan region, but the situation is still ambiguous regarding the Iraqi side so far, amid information that Baghdad will work to resume oil exports. Kirkuk through pipelines and excluding the region’s oil from resuming exports, due to disputes that are still ongoing between the two sides in this regard.
Earlier, a senior advisor in the Ministry of Oil told Reuters, “Iraq is also waiting for talks on outstanding financial and technical issues.”
A senior official in the Turkish Oil Ministry also told Reuters, “The Turkish Minister of Energy will visit Baghdad to discuss the resumption of oil exports from the Kurdistan region,” without mentioning when the visit will take place.
For his part, member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Wafa Muhammad Karim, sees the Turkish Energy Minister’s announcement to resume the export of Kurdistan oil as merely a “political message.”
Karim said in an interview with “Baghdad Today” that “Turkey wanted to bargain with Iraq and send warning political messages that Iraq cannot export Kurdistan’s oil except through the Turkish port of Ceyhan.”
Turkey closed the pipeline after an arbitration court ordered Ankara to pay about $1.5 billion in compensation to Baghdad for transporting oil from the Kurdistan region without the approval of the Iraqi government, while Ankara objected to the decision and demanded compensation for its part.