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Iraqi government asks foreign countries to stop oil trade with Kurdistan
Iraq on Sunday urged foreign countries to stop importing crude directly from its autonomous Kurdistan region and to restrict oil trading to the central government.

 

The call, published in statement from Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office, came in retaliation for the Kurdistan Regional Government's plan to hold a referendum on independence on Monday.

 

The central government's statement seems to be directed primarily at Turkey, the transit country for all the crude produced in Kurdistan. The crude is taken by pipeline to the Turkish Mediterranean coast for export.