BAGHDAD / Obelisk: A high Kurdish delegation intends to go to Baghdad on Monday, within the framework of the completion of negotiations with the federal government, on the most prominent outstanding issues.
The delegation of the region will discuss with Baghdad, the budget for 2020, amid the likely signing of an agreement on the two sides at the end of the talks.
According to Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban, the government of Erbil pledged on Saturday, to send revenues of 250 thousand barrels of Kurdish oil to Baghdad, while oil experts say that the region’s exports up to 560 thousand barrels per day, as well as quantities smuggled from the fields of Kirkuk and Qayyarah The star, which reaches 65 thousand barrels per day.
The representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Baghdad, Sunday, November 24, 2019, that the delegation of the region will go on Monday to Baghdad, for a final dialogue on the draft federal budget for 2020.
Fares Issa, in a press statement, that “it is scheduled at the end of the talks, to be signed an agreement on the federal budget for 2020.”
The delegation of the Kurdistan region, yesterday, meetings in Baghdad with Iraqi officials, and then returned to Arbil, and held a meeting with the Prime Minister of the region Masroor Barzani and his deputy Qubad Talabani.
As for the meeting Saturday, Issa said “will be discussed tomorrow draft budget 2020, and likely to include the demands of the demonstrators and Kurds in the draft budget, and then will be sent to the parliament,” and reiterated optimism “to reach an agreement with the Prime Minister today.”
Demonstrators in the streets of the sit-in in the center of Baghdad and a number of provinces, with slogans demanding the Iraqi authorities, to hold the Kurds accountable for the theft of oil money and displaced people and reconstruction.
Activists in protest squares, in a report published by the “obelisk”, recently, that the region exports 600 thousand barrels per day, not as claimed by 250 thousand, explaining that the average annual revenue of oil sold, estimated at 13 billion dollars.
In its latest report, Variety magazine revealed the value of the palaces bought by Mansour Barzani, son of Massoud Barzani, the former president of Iraqi Kurdistan in Los Angeles.
The magazine said, “Mansour son of Massoud Barzani, former president of the Kurdistan region of Iraq (Barzanistan) bought two palaces in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, one worth $ 20 million and the other $ 27 million.”
Earlier this year, Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said that “the region has not delivered us one dollar of the revenues of 250 thousand barrels per day,” overlooking that the real amount exported.
Ali Abdul Mahdi, who has an “old friendship” with the Kurds, is known to have made all the decisions he made even when he was oil minister reinforced the region’s big gains.
Hamza al-Jawahiri, an engineer and an oil expert, said that “most of the energy agencies in the world indicate that the export from Kurdistan is about 560 thousand barrels per day, as well as the quantities smuggled from the fields of Kirkuk, which is estimated at 35 thousand barrels per day, in addition to other quantities of the fields of Qayyarah And the star, up to 30 thousand barrels per day. ”
Jawahiri asserts that these oils are “smuggled with the knowledge of everyone without indifference or fear of anyone.”
According to al-Jawahiri, according to the constitution, “all the production of the territory must go to the federal government, and this is the reality that everyone is trying to overlook.”
Sherwan Mirza, a member of the Finance and Economic Committee in Parliament, said on Sunday, “The delegation of the region will discuss with federal government officials on issues of common interest between Erbil and Baghdad, including the oil and gas file, and the Iraqi public budget law for 2020 and the share of Kurds” .
He pointed out that “it is hoped this time that the dialogues of the delegations of Erbil and Baghdad will produce positive results, because there is a remarkable rapprochement and understanding between the two sides.”
It is worth mentioning that, after many exchanges of visits between the delegations of the Iraqi government and the regional government to Erbil and Baghdad, many issues remain pending, including the issue of budget and oil, and the return of the Peshmerga to the so-called ‘disputed’.