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Baghdad-KRG Negotiations: Closer Than Ever to a Fair Deal

Michael Knights

February 2014

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy


On February 16, the Iraqi central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will hold another round of negotiations on oil exports and revenue sharing, the fifth such meeting since December 25. With passage of Iraq's 2014 budget delayed by the talks, all parties have a strong interest in striking a deal. Fortunately, such an agreement now stands a better chance of sticking than ever before.