Barzani chairs meet­ing of party lead­ers and oil and gas coun­cil

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani chaired a joint meet­ing of the lead­ers of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion's five main po­lit­i­cal par­ties and the KRG oil and gas coun­cil, which in­cluded the KRG Prime Min­is­ter and Deputy Prime Min­is­ter as well as KRG Min­is­ters of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Plan­ning.

The meet­ing fo­cused on the prob­lems fac­ing the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, par­tic­u­larly the fight against ISIS ter­ror­ists, and the re­cently-signed Er­bil-Bagh­dad deal on oil sales and bud­get share of the KRG.

At the out­set of the meet­ing, Pres­i­dent Barzani talked about the re­sult of his meet­ings with world lead­ers dur­ing his par­tic­i­pa­tion at the Mu- nich Se­cu­rity Con­fer­ence ear­lier this month. He said the whole world views the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and its Pesh­marga forces with great ad­mi­ra­tion for stand­ing up to the ISIS ter­ror­ists and for tak­ing in large num­bers of IDPs from other parts of Iraq.

The par­tic­i­pants is­sued a state­ment in which they paid trib­ute to the brav­ery and sac­ri­fices of the Pesh­merga. They also un­der­lined the im­por­tance of pre­serv­ing Kur­dish unity in the face of the cur­rent chal­lenges fac­ing the Re­gion.

On the deal be­tween Er­bil and Bagh­dad, their state­ment said, "The peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan and the Re­gional Gov­ern­ment con­sider it their le­giti- mate right, per Iraqi Con­sti­tu­tion Ar­ti­cles 112 and 115 and per the 2015 Iraqi bud­get law, to pur­sue ex­plo­ration and ex­port of oil from Kur­dis­tan. Only this will fun­da­men­tally solve the bud­get and pay­roll is­sues fac­ing the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan. The KRG re­mains com­mit­ted to all sec­tions of the deal signed be­tween Er­bil and Bagh­dad. Bagh­dad must equally be com­mit­ted to all sec­tion of this deal. Any tech­ni­cal prob­lems can be ad­dressed through dia­logue. ”

The meet­ing ex­pressed its sup­port of the KRG and ex­pressed its hope that the KRG would be able to re­solve the bud­get and pay­roll prob­lems in the near fu­ture.

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