Iraq says it has US support in Kurdish oil deals row

September 3, 2012 21:03

BAGHDAD - A US official has said firms should co-operate with Iraq's central government before striking oil and gas deals with the autonomous Kurdistan region, according to a statement from the Iraqi prime minister's office.

Baghdad maintains it alone has the right to export Iraqi crude. But Kurdistan has moved ahead with signing exploration deals with oil majors such as Exxon and Chevron, which the central government rejects as illegal.

"The United States has called on all the companies to (remember) the necessity to co-ordinate with the central government before concluding any deal or contract, especially in the fields of oil and gas," a statement from Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's office said on Monday.

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