Energy minister: Turkey cannot ignore northern Iraq oil

Energy is a very strong issue to shape the relations between Iraq and Turkey, says Turkish Energy minister.

Energy minister: Turkey cannot ignore northern Iraq oil

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey cannot be allow its interest in Venezuelan oil reserves, which is about 8,000 kilometers away from Turkey, cause it to be indifferent to oil sources in its neighbor northern Iraq, said Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz.

Chairing the opening session of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Ministerial Meeting attended by officials from 38 countries and 33 companies in Paris, Yildiz said energy is a very strong issue to shape the relations between Iraq and Turkey.

He also said that Turkey would not be a country which contaminates the world.

Noting that there are about 1.4 million people worldwide with no access to electricity and most of them are in Africa, he said "We aim to assure that they will have electricity."

When asked about Turkey's second nuclear power plant to be built on Turkey's Black Sea coast, Yildiz said Turkey has made several agreements with Japan and added "It is a negotiaiton process."

A Japanese-French alliance led by Mitsubishi and France's Areva will build Turkey's second nuclear power plant.

He stressed that French involvement in building Turkey's second nuclear power plant was important as it would help turn a new page in terms of relations between the two countries.

Last Mod: 19 Kasım 2013, 17:49
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