The case began last year when Iraq’s central government sued to seize a tanker loaded with crude from the country’s Kurdish region that had sailed to the Gulf of Mexico and anchored in international waters off the coast of Texas.
While their latest dispute was temporarily resolved last month to help finance the struggle against Islamic State, the accord has not addressed differences between administrations in Baghdad and Erbil that include the future of Kirkuk, northern Iraq’s main oil hub.
Lawyers representing Baghdad and Erbil met for 20 minutes behind closed doors with a U.S. federal judge on Wednesday to discuss the case involving a tanker carrying Kurdish crude that has been trapped in legal limbo since late July but no action was taken.
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