Zebari: Abadi discussed Kurdistan with Obama
While meeting with United States authorities in Washington DC, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi couldn’t avoid Erbil-Baghdad oil deal topic.
In an interview with a local Kurdish news Agency, Hoshyar Zebari, Iraqi Finance Minister, talked about the topics of discussion between PM Abadi and President Obama.
According to Zebari the relations between the Iraqi central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government was a major topic of discussion and even Obama talked about this issue.
White House’s attention to the issues between Erbil and Baghdad is related to the fact that the U.S. wants Iraqi to stay united. One week before Abadi’s DC visit, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden talked about this issue with importance during a speech at a university in his country.
Commenting on the failure to completely implement the agreement between Kurdistan and Iraq, Zebari says it is partly due to the current financial crisis Iraqi is going through, and partly because central government’s demands are unrealistic.
Iraq is trying alternative ways to solve its financial crisis, such as issuing a US$6 billion to international banks. However, this cannot be the cure, as the country needs US$25 billion to fill its budget deficit in this year.