Kurdistan Regional Government Minister of State Khalid Shwani (File)

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SULAIMANI — A delegation from the Kurdistan Region will visit Baghdad on Sunday (December 1) for talks about the 2020 federal budget, a senior official has said.

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of State Khalid Shwani told reporters on Saturday that the delegation will hold talks with the federal Ministry of Finance about the Region’s share of the budget, which currently stands at 12.67 percent.

Regarding the resignation of Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi, Shwani said the Kurdistan Region makes agreements with the government, not a specific person.

“All of our attempts are to make the understandings between the Region and Baghdad reach a final agreement,” he added.

Abdul Mahdi submitted his letter of resignation to the Council of Representatives on Saturday and later called on the parliament to find an alternative as soon as possible as the country does not go through any power vacuum.

The KRG and the federal government reached an agreement last week to resolve their ongoing disagreement over oil.

Minister of Oil Thamer Ghadhban said the KRG had agreed to export 250,000 barrels of oil per day through Baghdad to Turkey’s Ceyhan next year.

Oil is just one of several persistent disagreements between the two governments, which also include security and the disputed areas.

Coordinator of the Council of Representatives’ Finance Committee Ahmed Safar said on Wednesday that Baghdad is expected to send nearly one trillion Iraqi dinars ($838 million) per month to the Kurdistan Region in 2020 after Baghdad and Erbil reached an agreement over oil exports and the budget.

(NRT Digital Media)

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