World Bulletin/News Desk
Technical work has started on a pipeline connecting oil produced in Kirkuk to a main pipeline in Ceyhan, southern Turkey, the Kurdish Regional Government's Prime Minister said on Thursday.
Nechirvan Barzani, Prime Minister of Kurdish Regional Government, briefed ministers about oil shipping and income sharing at a meeting of the Council of Ministers.
According to a statement from the government, Barzani said that the government will export 250,000 barrels of oil per day from Erbil and 300,000 barrels from Kirkuk.
Both operations will be under the control of the central government in Baghdad.
Barzani said that technical work has also begun to deliver Kirkuk's oil production to the Ceyhan pipeline.
He added that the regional government's share of income has not been sent for years.
According to documents from the Iraqi Ministry of Finance, the central government is in debt to the Kurdish Regional Government to the tune of $13 billion.
Barzani concluded that the central government will pay the peshmerga salaries from now on and that this was a big gain for the regional government.
The Kurdish Regional Government and the central government in Iraq have previously had disputes over energy resources in northern Iraq.
On Nov. 14, the Iraqi Oil Minister, Adil Abdul-Mahdi, announced that the two sides had reached an agreement.
In accordance with the agreement, the Iraqi government will pay the Kurdish Regional Government $500 million to begin with, and the Iraq Kurdish region will export 150,000 barrels per day of oil through Iraq.
Istanbul police's 'negotiation team' works to discourage those attempting off bridges in Istanbul
Breaking his silence over the snapshot that caused outrage during the tournament, the Arsenal midfielder said in a statement on Twitter that he was loyal to both his Turkish and German origins and insisted he did not intend to make a political statement.
Protectionist trade policies are likely to cause new troubles in productivity, production, employment, says finance minister
Turkish construction company Limak rejects reports on media, social media
Counterterrorism operations conducted in rural areas of southeastern Hakkari province
Airstrikes conducted in Turkey’s southeast and northern Iraq
Berat Albayrak to also hold talks with South Korean, Chinese and Brazilian ministers in Buenos Aires
Devlet Bahceli says: Israel moving step by step towards disaster, playing with fire and also regional and global balances
Controversial televangelist faces numerous charges, including forming a criminal organization and terrorism offenses
Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Moldova's Igor Dodon confirm importance of strengthening bilateral ties
Solution on Cyprus would help E.Mediterranean become area of security, stability, cooperation, says Recep Tayyip Erdogan
'I have personal faith in the Turkish people's commitment to justice. The court will do right thing', says senior US official
Deputy ministers appointed to ministries of justice, culture, transport, sports and health
Diplomatic sources say possible sanctions on Iran under US decision to withdraw from nuclear deal are important for Turkey
Turkish presidential spokesperson marks 44th anniversary of Cyprus Peace Operation to protect island's Turkish population
In a joint statement, the two countries said their foreign ministers met on the sidelines of last week's NATO summit in Brussels and "agreed to normalise the diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Turkey.