The KRG is counting on this delegation to resolve its problems with Baghdad


Tuesday, August 20, 2019 11:32 AM

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said on Tuesday that the region’s delegation, which will visit Baghdad, will be a top priority on the issue of the oil agreement, which lasted about 16 years.

The spokesman for the regional government, Gottiar Adel in a press statement, that “the delegation of the region, which will visit Baghdad will be a top priority issue of the oil agreement.”

He added, “Baghdad cuts the proportion of 250 thousand barrels of the budget allocated to the Kurdistan region is sent only the amount of 452 billion dinars per month.”

And Adel, that “the Kurdistan Regional Government has a full intention to solve the problems with Baghdad, including the delivery of 250 thousand barrels and resolve all financial assets permanently end the crisis of this file, which has been going on for 16 years.”

A Kurdish source told Mawazine News earlier that a high-level delegation including Peshmerga Minister Shoresh Ismail as well as Peshmerga officers and leaders will visit Baghdad in the next two days.

The source added that the visit comes for the purpose of meeting with the Ministry of Defense to discuss the file of salaries allocated to the Peshmerga, amounting to 68 billion dinars per month, after adding the salaries of the Peshmerga within the formations of the Ministry of Defense.

He stressed that the second file to be discussed is the reconfiguration of the joint operations room between the army and the Peshmerga to fill the security gaps in the areas of contact between the two forces in the disputed areas after increasing violations by ISIS.

The MP of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Bakhtiar Shaways, earlier, the two most important files to be carried by the delegation of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq to Baghdad, which will visit in the coming days.

Shaways said that “the delegation of the Kurdistan Regional Government, which will visit the capital Baghdad, in the coming days, will discuss two basic files, namely, the oil differences between Baghdad and Erbil, and the draft budget 2020.”

He added, “Work is continuing to calm and agreement and find an appropriate solution to these two files and other files, because the two parties agreed earlier to settle the differences rather than deepen.”

He continued: “In the coming days before us a round of negotiations and the Kurdish delegation will visit Baghdad in order to reach a solution to the differences, and I think that the views between the parties are close.”

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