Baghdad-Erbil talks will resume next week


7/20/2020 10:44:15

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Shafak News / The Deputy of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Dylan Ghaffour, said on Wednesday that talks between Baghdad and Erbil will resume next week, noting that the two sides have not reached a conclusion regarding the oil file.

Ghafour told Shafaq News, “There is an intention and will of the negotiating delegation for the Kurdistan Regional Government to resolve the differences and outstanding problems with Baghdad.”

She added that “the delegation of the Kurdistan Regional Government will visit Baghdad next week to complete the talks, especially those related to oil and the salaries of the region’s employees.”

Ghafour said that “the oil file is one of the thorny issues, and the negotiating delegations did not reach a result regarding it,” noting that “there are problems technically”, regarding the oil file.

She noted that “the two parties want to reach solutions and resolve differences and problems related to the two governments.”

Ghafour indicated, “The delegation will be headed by Prime Minister Masroor Barzani or his deputy, Qubad Talabani,” stressing, “The delegation of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s determination to solve problems and reach positive results during his next visit.”

The previous Iraqi government headed by Adel Abdul-Mahdi had cut last April the salaries of state employees in the Kurdistan Region after accusing the region of not committing to an agreement to deliver 250 thousand barrels of oil per day to the company “Sumo” owned by Baghdad, which was denied by the government of Erbil.

Al-Kazemi’s government agreed two months ago to launch salaries for one month for the region’s employees, and mortgaged it regularly on Baghdad and Erbil’s agreement on the oil file and the region’s share of the federal budget.

Since the decision to cut the salaries of the province’s employees, the two sides have held three rounds of discussions in the capital, Baghdad, to resolve the differences.

The military delegations of the two sides are also holding talks to form joint coordination centers in the disputed areas to fight the terrorist organization “ISIS”, whose activity has increased in those areas since the beginning of the current world, taking advantage of the absence of coordination between Baghdad and Erbil.


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