Iraq oil min says Turkey rejects KRG export pipelines-state media

BAGHDAD, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Turkey has told Iraq it will

reject any extension of oil and gas pipelines from Kurdistan

without the approval of the Baghdad government, Iraq's oil

minister Abdul Kareem Luaibi was quoted saying by the state

media network on Monday.

"Turkey has officially informed Iraq it rejects extending

oil and gas export pipelines from the Kurdistan region to pass

through Turkey without approval from federal government," the

network quoted the minister as saying.

Iraq's Arab-led central government and the Kurdistan

regional government (KRG), run by ethnic Kurds, are locked in a

long-running dispute over land and oil rights that is fraying

the country's uneasy federal union.

(Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Editing by David Holmes)

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