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Iraqi PM’s office says Turkey agrees to deal only with Baghdad on oil exports

Turkey told Iraq it would deal only with the Iraqi government on crude oil exports, the office of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday. In a phone call with Abadi, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim “confirmed the support of his country to all decisions” taken or sought by the Iraqi government after the independence referendum held in Iraqi Kurdistan on Monday, Abadi’s office said. Among these measures, the statement mentioned “restricting oil export [operations] to the Iraqi government.” It didn’t give more details or say how Ankara would deal with current crude exports from Iraqi Kurdistan. (Reuters)