The Iraqi government has adopted plans to diversify the country’s oil export routes to reduce the impact of a potential closure of the Strait of Hormuz on Baghdad's revenues.
A statement from government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said the plans include efforts to ramp up exports along a pipeline to Turkey and increase the amount of oil transported by road.
The recommendations also include working to reopen the Banias-Tripoli pipeline that runs from Syria to Lebanon but has been closed since 1990.
Iran has threatened retaliation for new Western sanctions over its nuclear program, including a possible disruption of shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, a main conduit for oil tankers.
Crude oil sales account for the lion's share of Baghdad's government income.
Based on AFP reporting