PM Barzani: We are fully com­mit­ted to the agree­ment with Bagh­dad

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Prime Min­is­ter, Nechir­van Barzani told the press that Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to the agree­ment reached be­tween Er­bil and Bagh­dad last De­cem­ber on oil ex­port and Kur­dis­tan Re­gion's share in the 2015 fed­eral bud­get.

In a meet­ing held with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of me­dia out­lets in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, Prime Min­is­ter Barzani high­lighted the tech­ni­cal and po­lit­i­cal prob­lems and ob­sta­cles which stood as im­ped­i­ments to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the bud­get law.

The Prime Min­is­ter stated that the KRG will ex­ert all its ef­forts to over­come the prob­lems and ob­sta­cles that ham­per the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the agree­ment, adding that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s pri­or­ity is to re­solve the out­stand­ing is­sues with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of 2015 bud­get law. This is in the in­ter­est of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and the rest of Iraq.

Prime Min­is­ter Barzani said, how­ever, if the Iraqi gov­ern­ment does not hon­our the agree­ment, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion will have no other op­tions but to look else­where for so- lutions. He reaf­firmed that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has so far hon­oured its obligations to­wards Bagh­dad.

Re­gard­ing the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s oil pol­icy, the Prime Min­is­ter stressed that it is in line with Iraqi fed­eral con­sti­tu­tion and that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion will use its en­tire con­sti­tu­tional rights re­gard­ing the oil sec­tor and will not waive rights.

He told the press that Bagh­dad is im­por­tant for the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion not only in oil field but also in trade, se­cu­rity, mil­i­tary and eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion as well as many other ar­eas, and for this he is ready to visit Bagh­dad to find long-term so­lu­tions for all the is­sues.



The meet­ing with the press was also at­tended by Deputy Prime Min­is­ter, Qubad Tal­a­bani, KRG Min­is­ter of Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Dr Ashti Hawrami, Min­is­ter of Cul­ture, Khalid Doski, Min­is­ter of Plan­ning, Ali Sindi and the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance and Econ­omy, Re­baz Muham­mad.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Tal­a­bani high­lighted KRG plans on how to ad­dress the prob­lems that have emerged as the re­sult of the fi­nan­cial cri­sis and the war against the Is­lamic State ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion, also known as ISIS, in ad­di­tion to the large num­bers of refugees and dis­placed peo­ple who fled ISIS vi­o­lent re­pres­sion and took refuge in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. He said that the gov­ern­ment is con­fi­dent that the plans to com­bat th­ese prob­lems will suc­ceed.

The KRG Min­is­ter of Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Dr Ashti Hawrami briefed the press about the tech­ni­cal as­pects of the agree­ment with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment of Iraq, re­it­er­at­ing that as stip­u­lated in the agree­ment, oil is be­ing ex­ported to the Turk­ish Cey­han port on daily ba­sis.

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