Turkey and Iraq have agreed to start electricity trade as soon as Iraq makes the necessary updates to its infrastructure, Turkey's Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez said on Thursday.
In discussions on Thursday between Donmez and Iraq's Minister of Electricity Luay Al-Khateeb for new bilateral electricity sector projects, Donmez expressed Turkey's willingness to support Iraq in updating its interconnection infrastructure.
Updating the electricity network infrastructure in Iraq is crucial in moving forward with new projects, Donmez said.
"As Turkey, we are ready to provide the necessary support for Iraq's electricity infrastructure," he said, adding that Turkey's construction sector along with electricity equipment manufacturers could help Iraq address the shortcoming in its electricity grid.
The meeting comes after Donmez sat down with Iraq's Oil Minister in Baghdad on Wednesday where the two reviewed the construction of a new oil pipeline to run parallel with the existing Iraq-Turkey oil pipeline.
By Zeynep Beyza Kilic