TEHRAN, Iran (Kurdistan24) – Iran’s door is open for a Kurdistan Area’s oil pipeline to run by way of the Persian Gulf, an Iranian official mentioned on Friday.
In a press release to a Kurdistan24 correspondent in Tehran, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said Tehran doesn’t object a Kurdish oil pipeline operating by way of Iran.
He added the Iranian authorities would welcome the transfer.
“We’ve got typically informed our pals within the Kurdistan Area and the Federal Authorities of Iraq they need to request and take the initiative from their aspect,” Zanganeh mentioned.
The Minister talked about Iran was prepared to assist join the Kurdistan oil pipeline to the Persian Gulf by way of Kermanshah (Kermanshan) Province.
Kurdistan Regional Authorities (KRG) officers haven’t made any feedback concerning the matter.
In March 2017, some media reported the KRG and Tehran had reached an settlement to assemble two oil pipelines by way of Iran to export Kurdish oil overseas.
In a press release in the beginning of April, the Iranian Oil Ministry rejected rumors of getting reached any cope with the KRG.
The Oil Ministry mentioned the settlement would rely on negotiations and the results of conferences with authorities in Iraq.
The Kurdistan Area exports about 600,000 barrels of oil per day by way of an oil pipeline in Turkey’s Ceyhan port which is later transferred to worldwide oil markets.
Over 90 p.c of the Area’s income hinges on oil, based on statistics launched by the KRG.
Modifying by Karzan Sulaivany
(Kurdistan24 correspondent Qadir Darweshpur contributed to this report)