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is expected to hold a delegation of the Kurdistan Regional Government to negotiate with the Federal Government of Iraq, a meeting with the Prime Minister of the region in the coming days, to discuss the new conditions for Baghdad and the results of recent talks.
According to the information obtained by Rudaw Media Network, the delegation headed by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region, Qubad Talabani, will meet within a few days with the Prime Minister, Masroor Barzani, in order to discuss the new demands that the central government added to its previous conditions in preparation for reaching an agreement with the regional government Kurdistan, not to mention Baghdad’s refusal to fully pay the salaries of Kurdistan Region employees in exchange for oil delivery to them.
The follow-up of the Rudaw Media Network correspondent in Baghdad, Halkut Aziz, showed the results of the meetings held on June 25, 2020, that one of the reasons the Kurdish delegation did not reach an agreement with Baghdad is that the federal government demanded all revenue from the Kurdistan Region, in exchange for paying only 453 billion dinars to the Kurdistan Region , Which is equivalent to less than half of the salary expenses in the Kurdistan Region.
Baghdad also called for the opening of a new border crossing that is under its direct control between Turkey and Iraq, alongside the Ibrahim Hebron crossing, and this represents a Turkish request that dates back several years ago to the opening of the Corava (Ofakoy) crossing, which was rejected by the Kurdistan Regional Government.
The federal government also retracted the requirement to deliver 250 thousand barrels of oil to it, and now requests the Kurdistan Region to hand over all oil revenue to it, as Baghdad stipulated that the share of the Kurdistan Region’s share of border crossing revenue be only 50%.
According to Rudaw’s information, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region did not accept these conditions, and he confirmed that the constitution gave the provinces the authority to set their own fiscal policy, and that this did not make the authorities of the center, and that what Baghdad presented was a “flagrant violation of the constitution.”
It is noteworthy that the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, met on Tuesday (23 June 2020) with the delegation of the Kurdistan Regional Government, as the two sides discussed the options available to reach a comprehensive agreement.
It is noteworthy that the negotiating delegation to the regional government, headed by Qubad Talabani, and after his arrival in Baghdad, he started the first meetings of the third round of negotiations with the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, during which the meeting discussed intensively the options of the two parties to reach an agreement.
The President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, visited Baghdad recently, and held a series of meetings with the three Iraqi presidencies, to discuss a range of issues, foremost of which is the question of budget and financial dues for the Kurdistan Region.
During this visit, the President of the Kurdistan Region had separate meetings with the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, the Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives Muhammad al-Halbousi, the representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Jenin Blackshart, the President of the Wisdom Movement Ammar al-Hakim, and the head of the Fateh Hadi bloc. Al-Amri, head of the State of Law coalition Nuri al-Maliki, and members of the political body of the Sadrist movement.