Iraqi Kurdistan’s oil shipment blocked by U.S.

Iraqi Kurdistan's oil shipment was blocked by the United States after Baghdad's outrage. File photo

ARA News

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan An American judge signed a writ on Tuesday to confiscate an oil shipment passing close to Texas shore belonging to Iraqi Kurdistan.

The Iraqi Central Government submitted a plea to stop the shipment following the permission given by the American coastguards on Monday to transfer the tankrer’s load into smaller ships to be transported to the American shores.

“An American court gave the orders to confiscate the 100-million-dollar Kurdish shipment that arrived in Galveston Coast in the state of Texas,” Wall Street Journal reported.

Iraqi local media talked about the Iraqi Oil Ministry’s promise to monitor all shipments leaving Iraq as well as its demand to “protect the Iraqi oil sources” by the International Community.

Speaking to ARA News, Kamiran Ibrahim, expert in SGS Oil Company in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, said: “The U.S. tries to manipulate the political balance between Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Central Government in Baghdad, which has strong ties with Iran and is mainly influenced by the politically and economically unstable government of Tehran.”

According to Ibrahim, the KRG has always confronted the political reality in Baghdad until the fall of the Central Government after Mosul’s incidents on 10 June 2014 (when Islamic State militants controlled the city), which was mainly caused by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

“Since 2003 (U.S. invasion), Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) practised a transparent policy by being moderate and having national partnership in all its institutions with the Central Government of Baghdad,” Ibrahim told ARA News. “KRG is paying for mistakes it never committed”.

“I wonder why then the U.S. government prohibit selling KRG’s oil in the world markets despite the American green light to big oil companies such as the French Schumberger, the American Halliburton and the Swiss SGS to work in Iraqi Kurdistan,” Ibrahim said.

In its plea to Texas court, the Iraqi Central Government said: “The shipment was smuggled and sold without our permission.”


Reporting by: Azad Jamkari

Source: ARA News

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