Turkey wants to boost energy trade with Iraq: ambassador

Turkish Ambassador to Iraq Fatih Yildiz (Photo Credit: Anadolu Agency/File)

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SULAIMANI — Turkish Ambassador to Iraq Fatih Yildiz told reporters during a press conference in Baghdad on Saturday (September 14) that restarting the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline is a priority for the Turkish government and that it wants to increase the flow of Iraqi oil into Turkey back to pre-2014 levels.

The pipeline was severely damaged by Islamic State militants during its occupation of northern Iraq.

Yildiz said that improving cooperation in the energy sector was a strategic goal, including increasing trade in both oil and electricity.

The Turkish ambassador said that Ankara wanted to provide electricity to Iraq, especially in areas near the border, but had failed to reach an agreement about how to do so because of problems on the Iraqi side. If this is resolved, he said, Turkey would be able to begin providing electricity to Mosul.

 (NRT Digital Media)