KRG and Kur­dish rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Iraqi Par­lia­ment and Gov­ern­ment dis­cuss re­la­tions with Bagh­dad

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment se­nior of­fi­cials and Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s team in Bagh­dad held a meet­ing at the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters build­ing in Er­bil.

The Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials pre­sented a com­pre­hen­sive clar­i­fi­ca­tion on the agree­ment reached be­tween Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment and the fed­eral Iraqi gov­ern­ment last De­cem­ber on oil ex­port and bud­getary is­sues.

They reaf­firmed KRG’s com­mit­ment to hon­our this agree­ment which be­came law in 2015’s fed­eral bud­get.

The Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials ex­plained the tech­ni­cal con­straints which af­fects the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the agree­ment as well as a mis­un­der­stand­ing of some terms of the agree­ment which the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment is work­ing closely with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment of Iraq to over­come th­ese ob­sta­cles and re­solve the is­sues.

They added that there are also some po­lit­i­cal sides in Iraq that are try­ing hard to ham­per any im­prove­ment in re­la­tions be­tween the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment and the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment of Iraq.

The role of the Kur­dish rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the Iraqi Par­lia­ment and Gov­ern­ment in en­sur­ing that both sides are com­mit­ted to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the agree­ment be­tween Bagh­dad and Er­bil was high­lighted and praised.

In the meet­ing, Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Prime Min­is­ter, Nechir­van Barzani, stated that he was ready to visit Bagh­dad again in or­der to find com­mon ground and over­come tech­ni­cal ob­sta­cles and mis­un­der­stand­ings.

In this re­gard he in­structed a group of Kur­dish Min­is­ters in the fed­eral gov­ern­ment of Iraq to open frank dis­cus­sions with Iraqi Prime Min­is­ter, Haider al-Abadi.

The at­ten­dees stressed the im­por­tance of the im­ple­men­ta­tion and com­pli­ance with the 2015 fed­eral Iraqi bud­get. The Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials stated that they re­quest the Iraqi gov­ern­ment to deal with the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and its share in line with what was agreed in this year’s fed­eral bud­get.

More than one plan on how to pay the salaries of Pesh­merga and civil ser­vants were also dis- cussed. They stressed that KRG’s cur­rent pri­or­ity is the pro­vi­sion of salaries for its em­ploy­ees.

It was also de­cided to hold regular meet­ings ev­ery two months. A com­mit­tee in charge of co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the two sides was formed.

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