Oil exports from Kirkuk-Ceyhan to 400,000 barrels per day increase, the Iraqi Ministry of Oil announced in a bid to raise tensions for a referendum in Kurdistan.
According to Reuters, on Tuesday, the Iraqi government announced the definition of the Kirkuk oil pipeline, and informs that it was carried out to circumvent the Kurdish climate for a controversial referendum in the past days.
The city of Kirkuk is located in northern Iraq and is one of the oil-rich regions and is of strategic importance to Iraq.
This comes as Kurds consider the city as their own and a referendum was held in it.
The referendum in the Kurdistan region was in opposition to the Iraqi, Turkish and Iranian countries, which approved the sanctions for the Kurdish region. Also, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his visit to Iran had said, “along with Iran and Iraq, they will decide on the closure of the northern oil tanks in the Kurdistan region.”