06/1920 2020 06:50:38
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Shafaq News / The Information Office of Qubad Talabani, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region, announced on Tuesday that the latter started conducting diplomatic meetings to inform representatives and delegations of countries in the region on the results of the recent talks between Erbil and Baghdad.
The office spokesman, Samir Hawrami, said in a statement received by Shafaq News, that after Talabani’s negotiating delegation returned to Baghdad, he would start a series of diplomatic meetings with ambassadors, consuls, and envoys of foreign countries, especially the European Union and America, with a view to clarifying the status of negotiations.
He added that Talabani will also clarify the position of the region on how to resolve differences and outstanding issues, especially the question of financial dues for the region, and to continue dialogues between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the federal government.
The President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masroor Barzani, met earlier today with a delegation of talks with the Federal Government, through a closed-circuit television system (video conferencing).
A government statement stated that at the beginning of the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani shed light on the visit made by the Kurdistan Region delegation to Baghdad last week, and the results of discussions with the federal government and the proposals put forward to resolve outstanding problems between the two sides.
The statement quoted Barzani as saying that the Kurdistan Region will continue its discussions with Baghdad with the aim of reaching an agreement that guarantees its constitutional rights and entitlements, stressing that the Kurdistan Region is determined to defend its legitimate rights within the framework of the Iraqi constitution, and will not give them up at all.
On Tuesday, the regional government delegation, headed by Qubad Talabani, Deputy Prime Minister of the region, visited the capital Baghdad, the third of its kind, with the aim of completing previous discussions on resolving differences and outstanding issues with the federal government.
And preceded the visit of the delegation of the regional government, a visit by the President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, in which he met the three presidencies, leaders of the forces and political bodies in Baghdad.
And previously, the delegation of the regional government held two visits to the capital, Baghdad, after the previous federal government headed by Adel Abdul Mahdi stopped financing the salaries of employees and workers in the public sector in Kurdistan.
The differences and pending issues between Erbil and Baghdad are based on the region’s share of financial budgets, peshmerga dues, oil exports, and the disputed territories covered by Article 140 of the permanent Iraqi constitution.
The Kurdistan Regional Government has expressed, on numerous occasions and times, its willingness to deliver 250,000 barrels of crude oil per day in exchange for the Iraqi government’s funding of 450 billion Iraqi dinars in monthly salaries.