The Tawke oil refinery in Iraqi Kurdistan. (AFP Photo)
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Iraqi Kurdistan's prime minister and top energy official traveled to Baghdad Monday to intensify efforts to settle a long-running dispute with the central government over the region's oil exports via a new pipeline to Turkey.Baghdad has threatened to sue Ankara and slash the autonomous region's share of the national budget if exports go ahead through the pipeline without its consent.Since then, the Kurds have been exporting smaller quantities by truck across the border while building the pipeline to Turkey and negotiating a multibillion-dollar energy deal with Ankara.The landmark deal laid the ground for development of the infrastructure for Kurdistan to export some 2 million barrels per day of oil to world markets and at least 10 billion cubic meters of gas per year to Turkey.
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