|Iraq PM Maliki and Iraq Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani|
REUTERS Ahmed Rasheed and Peg Mackey
Baghdad said it is still firmly opposed to Iraqi Kurdistan's plan for an independent oil pipeline through Turkey, insisting that only the central government has the right to export crude.
Iraq's deputy prime minister for energy, Hussain al-Shahristani, told Reuters he had conveyed Baghdad's views to Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz.
"Turkey is aware of Iraq's concern and total rejection of that (KRG pipeline) plan. We have reminded Turkey that this is in breach of the agreement between the two countries that regulates exports from Iraq through the Turkish pipeline," al-Shahristani told Reuters.
"Turkey assured us they respect that agreement and they will not allow any export of Iraqi crude without the permission of the federal government in