KRG to commit to agreement with Baghdad
A Kurdish high-level delegation led by KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Sunday visited Baghdad. The delegation included deputy to PM Qubad Talabani, KRG Spokesman Safin Dezayee and KRG Minister of Natural Resources.
KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani is scheduled to meet Iraq’s PM Haydar al-Abadi in Baghdad on Monday.
PM Barzani told Kurdish media outlets that the Kurdish delegation will try to resolve all the misunderstanding between the two sides.
He also stressed his government’s commitment to the Erbil-Baghdad agreement signed in last December.
The Kurdish Regional Government is committed to doing its part when it comes to the 2014 oil agreement with Baghdad, but the same is expected from the Iraqi government, a KRG official said Saturday.
Erbil and Baghdad had reached an agreement in December 2014 where the Kurdish region would export 250,000 barrels of oil per day and its Kirkuk province would export 300,000 barrels per day, while Baghdad would allocate 17 percent of the Iraqi oil budget to the Kurdish region.
The Kurds, however, have sent only 200,000 barrels of Kirkuk’s oil to the port for daily export to international markets.
"We agreed on an agreement and the central government in Iraq should send KRG's budget,” KRG spokesman Safin Dezayee said in Erbil during a conference. “I think the December agreement was a good one, but it seems that there are still disputes between the two sides.”
“This dispute is about the amount of Erbil's oil to be sent to Baghdad," he added. "Erbil will ship the necessary amount in line with the agreement till the end of the year."