Turkey to help US transport Iraqi oil
Turkey will help the United States to operate and transport neighbouring Iraq's oil as part of its drive to become an energy hub, Turkish Energy Minister Hilmi Guler told CNN Türk on Friday.
Güler visited the United States this week with President Abdullah Gül for talks with US officials dominated by energy. "We have reached an agreement with the US on the issue," Güler said. He gave no more details. Güler also said Iraq's natural gas could be transported to European markets via Turkey.
Iraq pumps crude oil exports via a pipeline to Turkey's Mediterranean coast. Ankara's ties with Iraq have been strained in recent months by Turkey's aerial bombardment of separatist Kurdish PKK terrorists who have been using northern Iraq as a base from which to attack Turkey.