93 Policy 2020/08/31 15:00 ht
Baghdad Today – Special
The spokesman for the Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Samir Hawrami, revealed on Monday (August 31, 2020) the task of the two Kurdish delegations that arrived in Baghdad earlier, to discuss pending files between the federal government and Kurdistan.
Hawrami said in an interview with (Baghdad Today), “The first delegation will discuss the issue of the salaries of the Peshmerga forces, and their processing at various levels by the federal government, while another delegation from the Ministry of Finance is present in the Kurdistan region to discuss the region’s share of the next year’s budget.”
He added, “The two delegations will be joined by another high-level delegation representing ministers and leaders in the regional government, who will visit Baghdad to talk more about the contentious issues between Baghdad and Erbil and the possibility of signing a comprehensive agreement that ends all differences between the two parties.”
On the other hand, an informed source in the Kurdistan Regional Government confirmed that the delegation in Baghdad is paving the way for the issue of the budget, the Peshmerga, and the region’s share of the 2021 budget.
And the source continued during an interview with (Baghdad Today), “The delegation will present the numbers and documents about the number of the region’s employees, as well as the full documents of the financial revenues that enter Kurdistan monthly.”
Yesterday, Sunday, August 30, 2020, an informed source reported that a new Kurdish delegation arrived in the capital, Baghdad, to conduct a comprehensive agreement that would guarantee 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.