CONSTITUTION WILL BE BASIS FOR RESOLVING DISPUTES BETWEEN BAGHDAD AND ERBIL, SAYS IRAQ COUNCIL OF MINISTERS SPOKESPERSON


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SULAIMANI — A spokesperson for the federal Council of Ministers said on Tuesday (July 8) that the process of talks between Baghdad and Erbil is ongoing and that the constitution will be the basis for resolving the disputes between the two sides.

Spokesperson Ahmed Malla Talal said during a press conference that, while no agreement has been reached so far, the talks will continue.

The federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have been engaged in budget talks for months to resolve a disagreement stemming from Erbil’s failure to abide by the terms of the 2019 Federal Budget Law.

A KRG delegation had been expected to visit Baghdad this week, but was called off on Tuesday while federal officials reviewed material submitted by the KRG.

Commenting on recent moves to improve security cooperation between the KRG and the federal government in Kirkuk and the disputed areas, Talal said that both sides wanted to root out Islamic State (ISIS) cells that operate in the security vacuum between the lines of the Iraqi Security Forces and the Peshmerga.

(NRT Digital Media)

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