Finance is surprised by the statement of the Council of Ministers of Kurdistan regarding discussions of financial payments and calls for the fulfillment of constitutional obligations

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Akhbariya The Ministry of Finance expressed, on Wednesday, its surprise at the statement of the Council of Ministers of Kurdistan regarding discussions of financial payments, calling on the region to fulfill the constitutional obligations.

A statement by the ministry, a copy of which was received by Al-Akhbariya, stated, “The Federal Ministry of Finance expresses its surprise at the statement issued by the Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan Region today, Wednesday (8/12/2020) about the results of the discussions related to financial payments and the regulation of federal imports and border crossings between the federal government and the regional government. ”

He stressed that “the dialogue has made advanced strides, and since the beginning of the dialogue, the federal government has launched its concern for the rights of the citizens of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and ensuring their salaries are secured, especially after it became clear that the financial payments sent to the Ministry of Finance of the region did not reach all those who deserve it, in addition to receiving requests.” Signed by tens of thousands of regional employees to achieve linking of their salaries through banking mechanisms. ”

He added, “The Ministry of Finance, confirming that the provincial government’s statement lacked the required accuracy in determining the basis of the problem, especially with the great flexibility provided by the federal government to facilitate reaching an agreement that serves the people of Iraqi Kurdistan. At the same time, it indicates that the federal government is within its constitutional rights to secure outlets. Borders, imports control and customs deductions, I put forward the principle of partnership contained in Article 114 (First) of the Constitution to secure control over border crossings in the region. ”

“In this regard, it can be pointed out that the regional government did not show sufficient flexibility to solve this issue, and then try to blame the federal government for financial payments before resolving aspects related to imports, which represents an unacceptable evasion of responsibility, in exchange for the federal government’s keenness,” the statement said. To secure the demands of employees, retirees, and eligible citizens within the legal frameworks and contexts and in a manner that does not allow them to be deducted or wasted. ”

And he indicated that “the basis for the talks was launched within the framework of the letter sent by the Ministry of Finance to the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government No. 802 dated May 19, 2020, which includes the payment of the Ministry of Finance an amount of 400 billion Iraqi dinars for the month of April, and the entry into intensive meetings to reach a final settlement between “The two sides within a period of one month will fundamentally adopt the Federal Financial Management Law, including counting the region’s non-oil imports and checking them before sending any additional financial payments.”

The statement continued, “The regional government agreed to the aforementioned content in the book of the Minister of Finance and Economy in the Kurdistan Regional Government No. 201 on 5/19/2020 and the Ministry of Finance affirms the federal government’s keenness to reach a final settlement on this issue in an amicable and constitutional framework, as it indicates directives. The Prime Minister, Mr. Mustafa Al-Kazemi, stressed the need to find the necessary solutions and to show sufficient flexibility to secure the rights of the Kurdish people who have suffered greatly under difficult health and economic conditions, especially the employee, retired and eligible category.

“In this context, the statement called on the Kurdistan Regional Government to expedite fulfillment of its constitutional obligations and duties and to return to the negotiating table in the service of the public interest.”

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Baghdad responds to Erbil, accusing it of lack of flexibility in the border crossings file

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Erbil

Baghdad

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2020-08-12 15:11

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Shafaq News / On Wednesday, the Federal Ministry of Finance responded to the Kurdistan Regional Government regarding Baghdad’s reluctance to pay the salaries of the region’s employees.

A statement of finance received by Shafaq News stated that it “expresses its surprise at the statement issued by the Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan Region today, Wednesday (8/12/2020) about the results of the discussions related to financial payments and the organization of federal imports and border crossings between the federal government and the regional government.”

She added that “the dialogue has made advanced strides, and since the beginning of the dialogue, the federal government has launched its concern for the rights of the citizens of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and ensuring their salaries are secured, especially after it became clear that the financial payments sent to the Ministry of Finance of the region did not reach all those who deserve it, in addition to receiving requests.” Signed by tens of thousands of regional employees to achieve linking of their salaries through banking mechanisms. ”

She pointed out that “the regional government’s statement lacked the required precision in determining the basis of the problem, especially with the great flexibility provided by the federal government to facilitate reaching an agreement that serves the people of Iraqi Kurdistan. At the same time, it indicates that the federal government is within its constitutional rights to secure border crossings and monitor imports and deductions.” Customs, I put forward the principle of partnership contained in Article 114 (First) of the Constitution to secure control over border crossings in the region. ”

She pointed out that “the regional government did not show sufficient flexibility to solve this issue, and then try to blame the federal government for the financial payments before resolving the import-related aspects, which represents an unacceptable evasion of responsibility, in exchange for the federal government’s keenness to secure the demands of its employees, retirees, and eligible citizens.” “Within the legal frameworks and contexts, and in a manner that does not allow them to be deducted or wasted.”

And she continued by saying, “The basis for the talks was launched in the framework of the book sent by the Ministry of Finance to the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government No. 802 dated 05/19/2020, which includes the payment of the Ministry of Finance 400 billion Iraqi dinars for the month of April, and the entry into intensive meetings to reach a conclusion.” A final settlement between the two sides within a period of one month by adopting the Federal Financial Management Law as a basis for it, including counting non-oil imports to the region and checking them before sending any additional financial payments.

She added that “the regional government agreed to the aforementioned content in the book of the Minister of Finance and Economy in the Kurdistan Regional Government, No. 201, on 5/19/2020.”

The ministry indicated, “the federal government’s keenness to reach a final settlement on this issue in an amicable and constitutional framework, and it also refers to the directives of the Prime Minister, Mr. Mustafa Al-Kazemi, on the necessity to find the necessary solutions and to show sufficient flexibility to secure the rights of the Kurdish people who have suffered greatly under difficult health and economic conditions, in particular.” The category of employees, retirees and beneficiaries. ”

The ministry called on the Kurdistan Regional Government to “expedite the fulfillment of its constitutional obligations and duties and return to the negotiating table in the service of the public interest.”

Earlier Wednesday, the Kurdistan Regional Government said in a statement that “it did not leave any constitutional, legal, administrative or financial justification except and present it during the discussions in order to reach an agreement, and the region has agreed to all the conditions of the federal government within the framework of the constitution, but the federal government Unfortunately, for more than three months, it did not show any willingness to send the part of the salaries that it was sending, which led to the inability of the regional government to disburse financial dues to those who receive salaries, and this cast a shadow and negative effects on the living situation for those who deserve salaries in the midst of the health situation The hardship the region is facing. ”

She added that “the region, like all other parts of Iraq, the laws in effect in Iraq give it the right to receive the salaries of its employees, as it is not necessary to distinguish between citizens of the Kurdistan Region and the rest of Iraq, especially with regard to salaries, and this is a constitutional right.”

The Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan Region expressed its “deep dissatisfaction and concern about the negative position of the federal government,” calling on the federal government to respond to the serious efforts made by the regional government with the aim of resolving the problems radically according to the constitution, in a manner that ensures its respect for the constitutional rights and entitlements and fulfilling its constitutional obligations towards the region.

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Kurdistan Region: We did not leave any constitutional justification without submitting it, but Baghdad is not ready to respond

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Iraq

Kurdistan Region

Federal government

2020-08-12 09:40

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Shafaq News / The Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan Region held its regular session on Wednesday under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister, Masrour Barzani, with the participation of his deputy, Qubad Talabani, through a closed-circuit television system (video conference) .

At the outset of the meeting, the current financial situation in the Kurdistan Region and the results of the negotiations between the regional government and the federal government were discussed .

A statement issued by the Council, received by Shafaq News Agency, stated that it appreciates the efforts made by the regional government delegation to negotiate with the federal government, as it confirms that the Kurdistan Regional Government did not leave any constitutional, legal, administrative or financial justification without presenting it during the discussions in order to reach an agreement. The region agreed to all the conditions of the federal government within the framework of the constitution, but unfortunately, for more than three months, the federal government has not shown any willingness to send the part of the salaries that it was sending, which led to the regional government being unable to disburse financial dues to those who receive salaries. This cast a shadow and negative effects on the living situation of those who deserve salaries in the midst of the difficult health situation facing the region .

The Council of Ministers confirmed that the region, like all other parts of Iraq, the laws in force in Iraq grant it the right to receive the salaries of its employees, as it is not necessary to distinguish between citizens of the Kurdistan Region and the rest of Iraq, especially in the issue of salaries, and this is a constitutional right .

The Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan Region expressed its resentment and grave concern about the negative position of the federal government, and on this basis, calling on the federal government to respond to the serious efforts made by the regional government with the aim of resolving the problems radically according to the constitution, in a manner that ensures its respect for the constitutional rights and entitlements and the fulfillment of its constitutional obligations towards the region .

The Cabinet directed the negotiating delegation to continue its discussions with the federal government to reach an agreement, as the region had previously expressed in the last period its readiness to implement its constitutional obligations in the oil and financial file, and the federal government must assume its constitutional responsibilities for the region’s rights and financial dues .

The Council of Ministers also called on the President of the Republic, the ministers, and representatives of the Kurdistan Region in the House of Representatives, to defend the financial and constitutional rights and entitlements of the people of the Kurdistan Region .

The Council of Ministers decided, early next week, to consider approving a mechanism for distributing salaries to those who deserve it, according to the capabilities currently available to the region .

At the conclusion of the meeting, the Council of Ministers directed both the Ministers of Interior and the Peshmerga to follow up the problems and obstacles at the border crossings to ensure the prevention of any violations or illegal activities in those ports.

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Barzani’s party sends a message to Al-Kazemi about the American forces in Iraq

12 Aug, 2020 | 2:09 PM   –  

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The deputy of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Bashar Al-Kiki, called on Wednesday, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to convince the American side that Iraq will be able to preserve its free, sovereign decision and will not be affected regionally.

“The visit of Prime Minister Al-Kazemi to the United States of America is very important, to redraw the position of Iraq in the international community, as well as for Iraq to take its active role in the process of balancing regional powers in the region,” Al-Kiki said.

He added, “The importance of the visit lies in achieving its goals, by keeping Iraq away from external conflicts, and convincing America that Iraq will be able to preserve its free and sovereign decision and will not be affected regionally, and the Iraqi decision will be based on the interest of Iraq and its people.” On the objective and formal aspects, it is a positive step to move the level of Iraqi foreign relations in the international community, because America is a very important international factor.

He pointed out that “one of the important aspects of the visit is to put Washington in the correct way in terms of the American and foreign military presence in Iraq, and to come up with an outcome through negotiations,” noting that “it is necessary for an Iraqi consensus to contain the issue in a way that is in the interest of the people.” Iraqi in all respects ”.

He pointed out that “the most important files that the prime minister could raise is the American military presence, and work to sign an agreement that draws the features of the military presence and the mechanisms of dealing between the two sides in this regard.”

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The Arab League supports any move by the Al-Kazemi government to confront “Turkish aggressions”

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2020-08-12 06:48

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Shafaq News / The Arab League announced, on Wednesday, its support for any move that the Iraqi government takes on the international arena in order to stop the repeated Turkish military attacks on Iraqi lands.

University President Ahmed Aboul Gheit said in a statement, “We condemn and condemn in the strongest terms the Turkish bombing on the 11th of August on the Sidakan area on the Turkish-Iraqi borders, which resulted in the martyrdom of two officers and a soldier from the Iraqi armed forces and a number of other innocent civilians .”

“This is a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of Iraq, the principles and charters of international law, and the principle of good neighborliness, ” Abu al-Ghaith added .

For his part, an official source in the Arab League said, according to  Egyptian media, that “the university supports any move that the Iraqi government takes on the international stage in order to stop the repeated Turkish military attacks on Iraqi lands, and to preserve the sovereignty, security and stability of Iraq.”

Earlier today, Meshaal Al-Salami, President of the Arab Parliament expressed his readiness to work with the Iraqi Parliament to mobilize support and regional and international support to stop the “repeated Turkish attacks” on Iraqi lands, calling on the UN Security Council to take immediate and urgent action.

The killing of two Iraqi officers on Tuesday prompted Baghdad to take more stringent measures, as the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Baghdad was no longer willing to receive the Turkish Defense Minister on Thursday, in a first-of-its-kind measure that could trigger a diplomatic crisis between the two neighboring countries .

The ministry also announced that the Turkish ambassador in Baghdad would be summoned again for the third time since June, “and handing him a strong protest note, and informing him of Iraq’s confirmed rejection of his country’s assaults.”

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