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Section : Iraq
Baghdad / Obelisk: A member of the Kurdistan Regional Parliament, Sherzad Hassan, confirmed, Monday, August 24, 2020, that Baghdad and Erbil have reached a comprehensive agreement, stressing that what remains to declare it is the final touches, and then it will be implemented.
In an interview received by Al-Masalla, Hassan stated that the agreement will be in effect until the end of 2020 and will be related to salaries and sending money in exchange for implementing the conditions of the federal government in terms of controlling border crossings and the rest of the files.
He added that other agreements on oil will be within the 2021 budget, which will be the prerogative of the Kurdish representatives in the government and parliament in order to obtain the rights of the region and confirm them in the budget law.
And he indicated that a delegation from the regional government had intended to visit Baghdad, and the visit was postponed due to Al-Kazemi’s travel to Washington, and that it is most likely at the beginning of next week that the delegation will be in Baghdad to complete all files and sign a comprehensive agreement until the end of 2020.
And the Minister of the Kurdistan Region for Negotiation Affairs with Baghdad, Khaled Shawani, announced on Sunday August 16, 2020, that an agreement had been reached between Baghdad and Erbil to unify customs and ports in accordance with federal controls and the budget and would continue until the 2021 budget is approved.
Shwani said in a statement, that after a series of visits by the delegation of the Kurdistan region, headed by Qubad Talabani, with the aim of obtaining financial dues for the Kurdistan region and salaries of employees, and after a number of meetings, and changing the proposals and notes for 12 times, the agreement was announced between the two parties.
He added that the negotiations witnessed a lot of ebb and flow, and the process was difficult and complex, and our efforts were seeking to secure the financial rights of the region’s employees and protect the constitutional rights of the Kurdistan region, and the agreement will be in effect until the 2021 budget law is approved, starting a new phase of negotiations on the 2021 budget.
Shwani explained that the agreement includes sending 320 billion dinars per month to the Kurdistan region, and it deals with a set of other files, such as monitoring, auditing, the mechanism for handling many financial and economic files, and the mechanism for dealing with the revenues of border crossings under the Federal Financial Management Law No. 6 of 2019.
An amount of 320 billion dinars, sent from Baghdad to Erbil, is scheduled to arrive tomorrow, Monday, according to an agreement reached by the Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, and the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, in a phone call yesterday, to disburse the salaries of Kurdistan Region employees.
A source in the Kurdistan Regional Government stated that the Council of Ministers decided to send this amount to the region tomorrow.
The Ministry of Finance in the Kurdistan region currently has a liquidity of 400 billion for the payment of salaries, and with the arrival of 320 billion dinars, the total amount will be 720 billion, but it is still not sufficient to disburse salaries completely without deduction, as this costs the government 890 billion dinars.