Kurdistan: Obama's message to al-Maliki recognizes the constitutionality of our oil contracts

Saturday, 21 July 2012 11:17

Shafaq News / Kurdish sources considered the reply sent by U.S. President, Barack Obama to a letter from Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki on oil contracts concluded by the Exxon Mobil with the territory as an "implicit recognition" of its constitutionality, confirming that this response and the position of Turkish Energy Minister, Taner Yildiz are indicators for the correctness of the oil Kurdish policy.

A Kurdish oil expert who requested anonymity said in a statement followed by "Shafaq News", that "Turkey has strong historical and strategic relations with Iraq, as it has been dealing for many years with the Iraqi government only on the basis of official relations and governmental relations , its position from exporting crude oil to it by truck, and its refusal to stop the export at the invitation of the Iraqi government, confirms any doubt that Turkey is well aware that this process takes place in the framework of the constitutional rights of Kurdistan Region. "

"The new position of the U.S. president, who noted in his letter to al-Maliki to respect the Constitution with regard to the oil company deal with (Exxon Mobil) U.S. oil giant company with the Government of the region, has strengthened the credibility of the oil policy of the region," stressing that "the U.S. President letter is an implicit recognition with the constitutionality of that contract , and it is not as the Iraqi government claims that Obama officials urged the company to abide by the decisions and instructions of the Iraqi government. "

The Iraqi government has announced, last Thursday, the receipt of Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki of a letter from U.S. President, Barack Obama on the activity of Exxon Mobil in Kurdistan Region, describing the letter as positive and convincing, while stressing the importance of the company's commitment to its obligations and recommendations of the Iraqi government and U.S. administration to it.

The statement was issued by the Prime Minister's Office stated that Maliki received a letter written by President , Barack Obama as an answer to the letter sent by the Prime Minister on the activities of Exxon Mobil in Kurdistan region and the disputed areas, stressing that the response letter was positive and convincing.

The statement added that the response letter emphasizes respect for the Constitution and the Iraqi laws, in the same direction sought by the Iraqi government, reiterating the need for the company's commitment to their obligations and the recommendations of the Iraqi government as well as the recommendations of the U.S. administration in this regard to take a decent role in the Iraqi oil industry.

The conflict is going on for a long time between the central government in Baghdad and the provincial government on the oil fields, as Baghdad considers the contracts signed between the Government of the Territory and international oil companies as illegal. http://www.shafaaq.com/en/news/3031-...ontracts-.html