Turkey considers selling refined oil products to Iraq

Queues have cropped up at oil stations across Iraq since the seizure of the country's largest oil refinery.

Turkey considers selling refined oil products to Iraq

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey will consider sending refined oil products to Iraq, the country’s energy minister Taner Yildiz said on Thursday.

Energy Minister Taner Yildiz, who is attending 21st World Petroleum Congress in Moscow, said they will evaluate transfer of refined oil products, including benzine and diesel fuel for vehicles, into Iraq but added that the Habur bordergate has limited capacity.

Rebels from the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and its allies have splintered the Iraqi government's control of the country since they seized Iraq's second-largest city Mosul and its surrounding area on June 10.

On Wednesday, they seized the Baiji refinery, the largest oil refinery in Iraq. With oil refining suspended, long queues have begun to emerge in front of oil stations throughout the country.

Yildiz emphasized the importance of relations with the central Iraqi government for Turkey. "There is a perception that Ankara-Baghdad relations halted. This is inaccurate," he said.

Iraq's federal government and the Kurdish Regional Government have a long-standing dispute over an oil-exporting agreement between the Kurdish authority and Turkey. Under the agreement, Turkey dispatched oil to the international market from its southern Ceyhan port.

Turkey began shipping the oil to international markets on May 22, prompting Baghdad to appeal for international arbitration against Turkey and a demand for the immediate halt to the oil trade. The third ship is planned to sail on June 22.

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