Iraq To Construct Oil Pipeline With Turkey, Says PM Abadi

Iraq To Construct Oil Pipeline With Turkey, Says PM Abadi

Iraq and Turkey have come to an agreement to construct an oil pipeline between the two countries after the liberation of Mosul, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Saturday (January 7).

Following a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim, Abadi announced at a joint press conference that the oil pipeline would be opened after an agreement was signed between Turkey and Iraq.

“After Mosul liberation we will open an oil pipeline with Turkey, and this would be according to an agreement to be signed between the two countries,” said Abadi.

Abadi held a joint news conference with his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim after the two leaders held talks in Baghdad.

Tensions rose between Iraq and Turkey in October over the continued presence of Turkish forces in Bashiqa and elsewhere in northern Iraq, with each government summoning the other's ambassador just as the U.S.-backed campaign to drive the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group out of Mosul was set to begin.

Abadi also said an agreement had been reached with Turkey over an Iraqi government demand that Turkish forces withdraw from a town near Mosul in the north of the country.

However, a joint communique issued after Abadi met Yildirim did not refer to any such deal, but said both sides stressed that Bashiqa was an Iraqi camp.