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Turkey must end 'illegal' Kurdish oil exports: Iraq

BAGHDAD--Turkey must stop accepting "illegal" transfers of crude oil from the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, government spokesman Ali Dabbagh said on Sunday.

"Turkey must stop the unauthorized export of oil through its land," Dabbagh said in a statement. "Exporting oil from the Kurdistan region to Turkey is illegal."

He warned that Turkey was contributing to the "smuggling of Iraqi oil" and said: "This matter will affect relations between the two countries, especially economic relations, which will be damaged."

Dabbagh added: "This oil and gas is the property of all Iraqis and it must be exported by, and its revenues go to, the federal government, which represents all Iraqis."

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