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Erdogan: Iraq, Iran, Turkey to decide together on shutting down Kurdistan’s oil

By Rudaw 5/10/2017
Oil-dependent Kurdistan Region exports its oil through a pipeline to Turkey’s Ceyhan port. File photo: Rudaw
Oil-dependent Kurdistan Region exports its oil through a pipeline to Turkey’s Ceyhan port. File photo: Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq, Iran, and Turkey are solidifying their unity against the Kurdistan Region, threatening joint action to shut down the Region’s oil exports in reaction to Kurdistan’s independence referendum, according to the Turkish president.

“In the case of northern Iraq, Iran, Iraq and Turkey will form a tripartite mechanism and will decide on shutting down the oil,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on a return flight on Thursday after a visit to Tehran, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

Oil-dependent Kurdistan Region exports its oil to international markets through a pipeline to Turkey’s Ceyhan port. Erdogan has previously threatened to close the pipeline in retaliation for Kurdistan proceeding with the referendum despite warnings against it from Ankara, Baghdad, and the international community. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned this week against taking any action against Kurdistan Region’s oil, saying it would be in nobody’s interest to cut off supplies. 

Russia has a lot of interest in the Kurdistan Region after energy giant Rosneft agreed to a more than $1 billion deal gas pipeline deal with the Kurdistan Regional Government just one week before the referendum. The deal makes Rosneft “the biggest player in this region,” company spokesperson Mikhail Leontyev told Rudaw in September.

Iraq has cemented military ties with both of the Kurdistan Region’s neighbours – Iran and Turkey – in the wake of the vote. Iraqi forces have conducted joint military drills with both nations in sight of Kurdistan Region borders in the days before and after the vote. 

In his visit to Tehran, Erdogan discussed the Kurdistan Region with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. 

In a joint Turkish-Iranian statement after the meetings, the two nations expressed their support for Baghdad and told Kurdish authorities to “avoid actions that would damage the constitutional system as well as the unity and territorial integrity of Iraq.”

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Aram | 5/10/2017
Iran should not comment on any word of democracy or referendum as this country is a totalitarian one party mullah ruling terrorist producing regime. While Kurdistan has more than 24 registered political parties Iran is a dictator ruled by corrupted religious mafia to spreading terrorist idea in the world. Iran do not have any friends not politically neither financially therefore they should be grateful to have a kurdiatn as a neighbour to dump a load of rubbish and selling to Kurdish people including drug which main source of the mullah in Tehran. Only one thing connect two countries together Iraq and Iran they are both evil in their core and have a cancer of religion beyond redemption. Iraqi corrupted army attacking Kurdistan is not unusual, they all tried before and all failed miserably Aram
Jamie Phil | 5/10/2017
How about quit broadcasting the provocating nonsense of paranoid dictator Erdogan.
Jamie Phil | 5/10/2017
How about quit broadcasting the provocating nonsense of paranoid dictator Erdogan.
Gulistan | 5/10/2017
My dear brothers and sisters do not use bad mouth against our enemies. Inna lillahi ve inna ileyhi raciun. Rabbihkum bil haq. If we are right then have faith, be patient, pray and wait for Allah's judgment. The unfair are doomed to lose.
vatan seven | 5/10/2017
if u do that than you also will shout down with us :) . more Kurd live in your country and this will be the end of the road for u too and new road will open for us :) . who were buying petrol from ISIS?? are they better then Kurds?? but u have no dignity and no humanity all u have dictators! look at yourself and you name yourself Muslim!!!! christain . Gavur better then you.
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