106 Policy 08/30/2020 17:50
Baghdad Today – Special
On Sunday, August 30, 2020, an informed source said that a new Kurdish delegation has arrived in the capital, Baghdad, to conclude a comprehensive agreement that guarantees the arrival of the salaries of Kurdistan Region employees for a full year.
The source said in an interview with (Baghdad Today), “A Kurdish delegation arrived in the capital, Baghdad, to discuss many outstanding issues between the federal government and the regional government, including the arrival of salaries for the Kurdistan Region employees for a full year.”
He added that “the delegation represents two ministries in the regional government and includes a group of experts and managers in the Ministry of Finance of the region and the Ministry of Planning to discuss the region’s share of the budget next year.”
On the other hand, a member of the Kurdistan Regional Parliament, Othman Karim, confirmed that Kurdistan demands its full share of the budget, provided that a comprehensive agreement is made to ensure the smooth arrival of salaries for employees for a full year.
Karim said an exclusive interview with (Baghdad Today), “Everyone talks that the Kurds’ share is 17% of the budget, but it has not reached this figure over the past years, and this is documented with numbers and documents.”
He added that “Kurdistan wants to ensure that the employees’ salaries are sent in full with the salaries of the Peshmerga and the rights of the martyrs and the Anfalites, similar to the rest of the Iraqi provinces, as well as handing over the farmers their dues.” A formal agreement between the two governments does not end once certain situations occur in Baghdad, as happened after the resignation of former Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.