Iraqi Kurds say agree to resume oil exports in Feb

Tuesday, 18 January, 2011 , 11:45


ARBIL, Iraq, Jan 18 - Iraqi Kurdish authorities agreed in a meeting with their Iraqi counterparts in Baghdad to resume halted oil exports from their region "at the start of February," the office of the Kurdish prime minister said.

A statement issued to Reuters by the office of regional prime minister Barham Salih said the resumption of exports from the region was agreed in a meeting on Monday with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

There was no immediate confirmation from the Iraqi government, which said last May it had approved a deal with the Kurds and expected Kurdish oil exports to resume quickly. (Reporting by Shamal Aqrawi; Writing by Michael Christie; Editing by James Jukwey)