Kurdish deal imminent

A deal between Iraq's central government in Baghdad and its semiautonomous northern Kurdish region to restart oil exports could come within days, Iraq's deputy oil minister has been quoted as saying.

"It could be within days from now," deputy oil minister Abdul Kareem Luaibi told Reuters on the sidelines of a recent energy event in Qatar. "We hope to start exports soon."
Luaibi also said Iraq aims to export 2.3 million bpd of crude in 2011.

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