PM Barzani accuses Bagdad for solving budget issues
The prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has accused the Baghdad government of showing no will to resolve simmering budget issues, saying that the current situation cannot continue.
During the opening ceremony of Rixos Hotel in Duhok on Friday, Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani discussed Erbil-Baghdad relations and said the Iraqi government is creating problems for the KRG by cutting its share of budget.
Barzani said the KRG’s policy is not to worsen the disputes but stressed that the status quo was not working.
“Solving the issues with Baghdad is our top priority. But we may consider other options if the central government shows no will to remove the obstacles,” Barzani said.
In addition to the enormous influx of refugees who have fled to the Kurdistan region, the budget dispute has put Erbil in an intense economic crisis.
Baghdad has cut the KRG’s share of budget since January 2014 and has allegedly shown no commitment to agreements already signed.
In the same day, Barzani received Yezidi supreme spiritual delegation headed by, Hazim Mir Tahsin Beg. The delegation paid tribute to people of Duhok city for holding a large number of displaced Yezidis.
For his part, PM Barzani reiterated his support for Yezidi supreme spiritual council for holding consensus.