Turkey PM Er­do­gan meets PM Barzani

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

The agenda set for the meet­ing in­cluded dis­cus­sions about the re­gion, an oil pipe­line and the 'so­lu­tion process'.

Turkey’s Prime Min­is­ter Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan met on Fri­day with Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani in Is­tan­bul.

Re­gional de­vel­op­ments, an oil pipe­line and the so­lu­tion process of the 'Kur­dish is­sue' were set for the agenda for the meet­ing.

The meet­ing at Er­do­gan’s of- fice in Dolmabahce Palace lasted around one hour and was closed to press.

Turkey’s En­ergy Min­is­ter Taner Yildiz also at­tended the meet­ing.

Barzani also trav­eled to Bagh­dad on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 16 to solve the prob­lems of the budget cri­sis and oil ex­ports with the al-Ma­liki govern­ment.

The prob­lems be­tween the Re­gion and the cen­tral govern­ment have re­cently es­ca­lated as the Kurds started to pump first oil through di­rect pipe­lines to Turkey ear­lier this year and Bagh­dad re­acted by pass­ing the year’s budget against the will of the Kurds and stopped send­ing funds to the KRG in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary 2014.

The re­gion is cur­rently fac­ing a fi­nan­cial prob­lem due to that fact and all govern­ment salaries of Jan­uary were de­layed in ad­di­tion to the sus­pen­sion of nu­mer­ous pub­lic sec­tor in­vest­ment and ser­vice projects.

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