Ze­bari: Abadi dis­cussed Kur­dis­tan with Obama

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.

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