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Shafaq News / Today, Monday, October 5, 2020, the Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani confirmed that there is a favorable opportunity to resolve the outstanding differences between Erbil and Baghdad, and it should not be lost, and indicated that the discussions with the federal government are continuing within the framework of the constitution.
In a speech during which he presented a report on a full public work, the Prime Minister reviewed, in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani and a number of concerned ministers, what had been accomplished in the reform project, plans to overcome the financial crisis, combat Corona, and service and strategic projects.
In the government work report, the prime minister addressed the file of the ongoing discussions with the federal government and the situation in the Kurdish regions outside the region’s administration, in addition to the oil, financial and peshmerga file.
The Prime Minister said that reform is a permanent process, and it will not end overnight, and it has started in many areas, and will affect various sectors financially and administratively.
And he indicated that health and economic crises facing the Kurdistan Region, Iraq and the world in the midst of the outbreak of the Corona virus, the decline in global oil prices, and Baghdad’s refusal to send the region’s share, but that did not hinder the implementation of strategic projects in agriculture, industry, roads and electricity.
The Prime Minister pointed out to allocating about 28 billion dinars to confront Corona, and stressed reviewing the tax system, as well as fighting red tape to improve job performance in government departments, in addition to linking border crossings and airports with an electronic system to enhance supervision and quality control.
He also reviewed a number of electricity projects that were recently launched, and contributed to raising production to 3,700 megawatts, with processing hours exceeding 20 hours a day. He also talked about health projects, food processing projects and roads, which were laid the foundation stone in the past weeks.
The Prime Minister emphasized that the internal and external debts amount to more than 8.5 trillion dinars (about $ 7.2 billion), while the total financial liabilities amount to about 9.8 trillion dinars (about $ 8.3 billion), while the total amount of financial obligations for those who receive salaries is more than 10.5 trillion dinars. (About $ 8.9 billion).
He also added that the financial obligations that the government owes to each of the Iraqi Commercial Bank and Kurdistan International Bank amount to about 4.6 trillion dinars (about 3.9 billion dollars), bringing the total internal and external debts to about 33.6 trillion dinars (equivalent to 28.4 billion dollars).
The Prime Minister said that negotiations are continuing with the federal government regarding the Kurdish regions outside the administration of the region, and he also renewed the complete rejection of the demographic change process in those areas by continuing the policy of Arabization and displacing the Kurdish and Turkmen populations from their villages and lands.
He noted that Erbil and Baghdad had previously agreed to establish six joint information centers between the army and the Peshmerga in Diyala, Makhmur, Mosul, Kirkuk, Erbil and Baghdad, but the federal government did not issue any decision to initiate the centers aimed at curbing terrorist activities.
The Prime Minister said: “We are continuing our talks with Baghdad, and there are those who say that the Kurdistan Region’s problem with Baghdad is limited to the budget and salaries, and this is not true. There are major issues, most notably the Kurdish regions outside the region’s administration and the Peshmerga file.”
He pointed out that the Kurdistan Region is the most successful model in Iraq despite the crises, indicating that there is a window of opportunity to solve the problems between the two sides, and it must be exploited and not lost, because the settlement of problems under the constitution is an important factor for stability in the public interest of all Iraqis.
After that, the prime minister, deputy prime minister and ministers answered the parliamentarians ’questions and listened to their interventions on various issues under the dome of Parliament.