Iraq’s deputy prime minister sees no problem in Kurdistan breaking away from mainland Iraq and forming a new country, and personally he would support the move as long as Kurds restrict themselves to areas that are not Arab.
In an exclusive interview with TRENDS, sister publication of Kipp Report, Saleh Muhammed Al Mutlaq said it will be better for Iraq if Kurds get their own country.
Speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum’s Jordan summit, the prominent Sunni politician said the Iraqi-Kurdish relationship has been very complex from the beginning, “and they have to decide whether they want to stay with Iraq or get their separate country”.
The Kurds have to decide on their fate once and for all because these differences on opinion and policies between Erbil and Baghdad cannot continue for long, he said. Born in Fallujah, Mutlaq was an active member of the Baath party, but was expelled in 1977 for being critical of the then government.
He currently heads Iraqi Front for National Dialogue, which is the fifth largest political entity in the Iraqi parliament.
* Mutlaq was very vocal on Iran-Iraq relationship, Iranian elections and ties with Saudi Arabia. Read his full interview in the forthcoming issue of TRENDS
REUTERS Saturday 25 May 2013 Last Update 25 May 2013 9:56 pm BASRA: Oil major BP has allocated $ 2.85 billion to develop Iraq’s Rumaila oilfield in 2013, up from $ 2.2 billion last year, the head of the joint management committee for the field said. Boosting output from Rumaila, Iraq’s most prolific oilfield is vital for the country to realize its ambition of raising oil exports to 6 million barrels per day (bpd) by 2017. Salah Mohammad said production from the field would rise to 1.450 million bpd by the end of 2013 from around 1.4 million bpd now. “The approved budget for Rumaila development plan in 2013 will be $ 2.850 billion,” he said. In 2012, the approved budget for the development of Rumaila was $ 2.2 billion, of which around $ 1.9 billion was expended, Mohammed said. Under the 2013 development plan for Rumaila, BP plans to issue three tenders for the drilling of 150 new oil wells in the second half of this year with each tender covering 50 wells. “We have plans to drill new 300 oil wells in Rumaila over the next five years,” Mohammad said. BP has also invited engineering companies to build a 300,000-bpd production facility and more than 20 firms are competing for the project. A decision is expected in early 2014. Rumaila, which BP operates with China’s CNPC, has estimated reserves of around 17 billion barrels and produces the bulk of Iraq’s total output of more than 3 million bpd now. The country has the world’s fourth-largest oil reserves.
All due in next 4 weeks should help build momentum now. Don't think it's a coincidence that steam comes after the recent visit to US by Turkey. We now in the pipeline plans there is a 400k spur off to SH so hopefully this will be announced and who will be financing it? Don't think Steam is linked at all to CC but perhaps any GKP sale/ farm in of asset can be back on line after it. GLA
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