March 8, 2017 / 8:04 AM / 5 months ago

Kurdish official reports agreement to keep Kirkuk crude flowing to Turkey

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A general view of the north gas company on the outskirts of Kirkuk February 2, 2015. Production at an oilfield near the northern Iraq city of Kirkuk remained suspended on Monday after incurring severe damage during a weekend attack by Islamic State insurgents, Iraq's oil minister said.Ako Rasheed

SULEIMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - The Kurdish group which controls Iraq's Kirkuk oilfields has reached an agreement with Baghdad to keep crude flowing from the region through a pipeline to a Turkish export terminal on the Mediterranean, a Kurdish official told Reuters on Wednesday.

Kosrat Rasul said the agreement was reached on Tuesday between his group, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

"The agreement ended the problem and there is no deadline anymore" to shut the pipeline, said Rasul, who is the PUK deputy secretary general, giving no further details.

PUK forces seized the Kirkuk facilities last week, briefly suspending oil flows and threatening further action if its demand to have a share in the revenue is not fulfilled.

Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Writing by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Nick Macfie

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