TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – 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 in a statement, according to Reuters.
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 semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region, which held an independence vote on September 25.
Regional powers, including Iran and Turkey, have opposed the Kurdish referendum in Iraq, warning that the controversial vote could lead to further instability in the entire Middle East, a region already ravaged with numerous conflicts and terror threats.
The European Union has also expressed concern about the vote, describing it as “counterproductive.”
The central government in Baghdad has also rejected the vote.
Despite international criticism, the Kurdish plebiscite took place on September 25.
Official results showed 92.73 percent of voters backed the secession in Monday's non-binding referendum. Turnout was put at 72.61 percent.