Iran oil minister to visit Baghdad to discuss KRG-Iran pipeline

Monday, 2 January, 2017 - 12:00

According to Fars News Agency, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh is expected to arrive in Baghdad on an official visit next week to discuss a range of topics with his counterpart Abdul Jabbar Allibi, notably the future of the oil market, the role of Tehran and Iraq in OPEC, and a proposed pipeline to export Kurdish crude to international buyers through his country.

The agency has said that Zanganeh will specifically discuss the question of exporting the Kurdistan Region's oil from Sulaimani province to Iran.

The Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) envoy to Tehran was unaware of the planned visit. However, he noted that talks on oil export issues have been ongoing.

"Probably this visit is within the context of efforts being made by Iran to connect Kirkuk, Kurdistan Region, and all Iraq to Iran. And this way, export them to the world," Nazim Dabagh, the KRG's representative to Iran, told Rudaw.

In 2015, the KRG and Tehran agreed to set up a pipeline to export Kurdish oil through Iran, but the proposal has yet to be implemented.