Er­bil and Bagh­dad dis­cuss pend­ing is­sues

KRG’s of­fi­cial spokesman: The meet­ings are ex­pected to be pos­i­tive

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Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani headed a high level Kur­dish del­e­ga­tion to Bagh­dad to dis­cuss oil ex­ports, the coun­try’s bud­get for 2014 and Pesh­marga is­sues on Jan­uary 19, 2014.

Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani headed a high level Kur­dish del­e­ga­tion to Bagh­dad to dis­cuss oil ex­ports, the coun­try’s bud­get for 2014 and Pesh­marga is­sues on Jan­uary 19, 2014.

Barzani is set to meet with his Iraqi coun­ter­part Prime Min­is­ter Nouri al-Ma­liki, his deputy for en­ergy af­fairs, Hus­sein Shahris­tani and other Iraqi se­nior of­fi­cials dur­ing his visit.

The Kur­dish del­e­ga­tion con­sisted of the deputy to Premier Ma­liki, Rush Nouri Shows, Azad Bar­wari, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment’s (KRG) of­fi­cial spokesman, Safin Diza­yee, KRG’s Min­is­ter of Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Ashti Hawrami and Amanj Ra­heem.

KRG’s spokesman, Diza­yee, said that the meet­ings would be pos­i­tive, and they might reach an agree­ment at the end.

Diza­yee stated that the KRG had al­ready sent two sug­ges­tions to Bagh­dad about the pend­ing is­sues. He fur­ther added that the meet­ings would be based on the two sug­ges­tions.

One of the sug­ges­tions was that the KRG would keep 17% of its own oil rev­enue and would send the rest to Bagh­dad.

The sec­ond was that the KRG would also keep the salary of the past years of the Pesh­marga forces that the Iraqi govern­ment did not pay be­fore as well as the pay­ment of the in­ter­na­tional oil com­pa­nies that op­er­at­ing in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion of Iraq, which is es­ti­mated to be around IQD eight tril­lion.

In ad­di­tion, the KRG fur­ther­more sug­gested that if Bagh­dad won’t reach an agree­ment with Er­bil over the oil ex­ports, then it would keep all the money, which is al­ready de­posited in the Turk­ish Halk Bank. The KRG reached an agree­ment with Turkey over that is­sue, ac­cord­ing to KRG of­fi­cial.

The KRG spokesman reaf­firmed the KRG’s good will about oil ex­ports, adding that the KRG would not mind if the Iraqi fed­eral govern­ment ob­serve the Kur­dis­tan’s oil ex­port process.

The visit came af­ter PM Ma­liki warned the KRG to cut off its bud­get from the na­tional share if the KRG would ex­port oil through the newly launched pipe­line to Turkey and from there to in­ter­na­tional oil mar­ket in­de­pen­dently and with­out prior per­mis­sion from Bagh­dad.

Deputy to PM Barzani, Imad Ahmed, was ex­pected to be the mem­ber of the Kur­dish del­e­ga­tion, but he could not at­tend the meet­ings due to sick­ness, ac­cord­ing to Diza­yee.

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