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Iraqi government, Kurds to start talks on oil dispute

Move announced following meeting in Baghdad betweeen the two premiers - Haider al-Abadi of Iraq and Nechirvan Barzani of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

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The Iraqi government and the Kurdish regional authorities agreed to start talks to resolve a dispute on oil revenue-sharing that is holding back the nation's crude exports, according to a statement from the Iraqi prime minister's office.

The statement was published after a meeting in Baghdad between Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Nechirvan Barzani, prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Iraq's oil ministry said on Friday it would consider selling crude through Iran should talks with the autonomous Kurds about oil exported by pipeline through their region from the northern Kirkuk fields to Turkey fail.

“The meeting dealt with issues related to oil production and distribution from the field of Kirkuk and the region” of Kurdistan, the statement said. “It was agreed to start technical talks” between the oil ministries of the two sides.