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Barzani, Johnson Discuss Energy Exports to Replace Russian Oil, Gas

Barzani, Johnson Discuss Energy Exports to Replace Russian Oil, Gas

Wednesday, 20 April, 2022 - 08:30
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson holding talks with Kurdish PM Masrour Barzani in London on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. (EPA)

Kurdish Prime Minister Masrour Barzani spoke with his British counterpart Boris Johnson about his desire to export energy to Europe and reduce reliance on Russian oil and gas, Reuters reported.


“Prime Minister Barzani spoke about his aspiration to export energy to Europe, and the Prime Minister (Johnson) lauded his efforts to help reduce Western reliance on Russian oil and gas,” a British government readout of a meeting between the two in London said.


In late March, Barzani told an industry conference in Dubai that Kurdistan would soon become an important source of energy.


“I am confident that Kurdistan will soon become an important source of energy for the world's growing demand,” he stressed.


He affirmed that Kurdistan has capacity now to make up for at least some of the shortfalls of oil in Europe.


“We will become a net exporter of gas to the rest of Iraq, to Turkey and Europe in the near future,” he added.


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