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Shafaq News / The President of the Republic, Barham Salih, discussed in a phone call with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, today, Wednesday, December 2, 2020, the bilateral relations that bring the two countries together and strengthen them in various fields through agreements and understandings concluded between the two sides.
During the call, the two presidents reviewed regional developments, and the importance of observing calm and restraint, protecting stability in the region, and adopting dialogue in order to avoid tensions, and to enhance regional security and stability.
The importance of strengthening the sovereignty of Iraq and protecting its stability from interference and tensions in the region was emphasized, as it is a primary hub for defeating terrorism and its remnants, as well as establishing peace in the region and the prosperity of its people, in addition to providing international support in monitoring the upcoming elections in a manner that guarantees their integrity, and the need to join hands in facing the threat of the Corona epidemic. And curtailing its economic and health repercussions, according to a statement by the Presidency of the Republic.
The two presidents affirmed that terrorism of all kinds and means aims at peaceful coexistence among human beings, and feeds itself from creating divisions between different religions, sects and affiliations, stressing the need for international solidarity in the face of extremist ideas, and working together to spread the values of coexistence and convergence, respect for religions and human beliefs, and block the road ahead Extremist and racist ideas that target the highest human values of love and peace.
Barham Salih indicated that terrorist groups tried to sow discrimination between Iraqis, targeting Muslims, Christians, Yazidis, Sabeans, and other components alike, to prove that these groups have no religion, and their attempts to undermine societal coexistence were met with the strong popular will to realize their destructive goals.
He indicated that Iraq, in cooperation with allies and friends, is moving forward in continuing the war on ISIS and pursuing its sleeper cells, and continuing to work to end terrorism as a threat to all of humanity.
Kurdistan Regional Government
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Shafaq News / On Wednesday, the Kurdistan Regional Government decided to send a delegation to Baghdad to negotiate with the federal government about the region’s financial dues and employees ’salaries.
This came during the weekly cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Masrour Barzani and in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani.
Barzani said, at the beginning of the session, that “there is no party that cares about the lives and livelihood of the citizens as much as the regional government, which has done everything in its power to secure the salaries of the Kurdistan Region.”
He emphasized: “The region’s financial dues are legitimate rights for the people of Kurdistan, and we will never give them up, and we will continue our talks with the federal government in order to guarantee our constitutional rights.”
The Prime Minister stated, “We were in constant contact with the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi and the Iraqi Council of Ministers, and we received a promise from them to solve the salary issue within the next few days.”
Barzani continued by saying, “But if the region’s salaries do not arrive from Baghdad on time and for whatever reason, the KRG will fill the deficit by borrowing until the salaries allocated from Baghdad arrive, and then the borrowing amount will be repaid from the sums sent from Baghdad.”
After discussion and discussion, the Prime Minister directed, on behalf of the Council of Ministers, to start disbursing the salaries of October, starting tomorrow, Thursday, December 3, with a funding rate of 79 percent.
The cabinet also decided to send a government delegation to Baghdad as soon as possible, with the aim of “defending the constitutional rights of the Kurdistan Region,” according to a statement issued by the regional government received by Shafaq News.
In the second paragraph of the meeting, Barzani’s deputy presented a draft review and organization of the fees paid in return for the services provided, and called for the expediting of sending data on the expenditures and revenues of all ministries to the Supreme Committee in order to reorganize them.
In the last paragraph of the meeting, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Kwestan Muhammad presented a project on special needs and disability allowances, and the Council of Ministers voted on it unanimously.
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Negotiations continue between Baghdad and Erbil in preparation for framing a new agreement, paving the way for the next year’s budget, by drawing up paragraphs that regulate the relationship between the center and the region regarding oil and other financial revenues in Kurdistan.
The deputy of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Diyar Barwari, said, according to the official newspaper, that “negotiations are continuing between the political forces in the center and the region to reach a new agreement that is a basic prelude to the provisions of the 2021 budget that regulate the relationship between Baghdad and Erbil.”
He added, “The agreement between the two governments of the regional center will require Erbil to commit to paying the sums of sold oil, as well as revenues from the ports to Baghdad, which is one of the principles and paragraphs of the 2020 budget.”
Berwari pointed out that “delaying the budget by the government will delay its approval in Parliament before the beginning of next year in light of the presence of many problems with the federal government in the Ministries of Finance and Planning, which seek to complete the draft law,” calling on the government to “adhere to the dates and times.”
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Shafaq News / The Prime Minister of Kurdistan Region, Masrour Barzani announced on Wednesday that it will start distributing salaries to employees as of 3-12-2020.
Barzani said in a speech during the cabinet session that “during these days we were in constant contact with the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi,” adding that “the Federal Council of Ministers pledged to address the issue of sending salaries in the coming days.”
He added, “For any reason if the region’s salaries do not arrive from Baghdad on time, the regional government will pay the deficit by borrowing until those sums arrive,” indicating that the regional government “will pay the loan from the sums that Baghdad will send later.
The region’s cabinet had held a session earlier this morning to discuss the issue of salaries and the draft federal budget for 2021, in addition to other issues related to the internal situation in the region.
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Shafaq News / The British Minister of Middle East and North Africa Affairs, James Cleverley, on Tuesday urged the Kurdistan Regional Government and the federal government to resolve the differences and outstanding issues between them, especially with regard to the salary file and the public financial budget.
Claverley said in a press conference today in Erbil, attended by Shafaq News Agency, that: The British government is a long-standing friend of the Kurdish people and also an old friend of the Iraqi government and a great supporter of the regional government, and at the same time we support the Iraqi government, adding that it is painful to see that there are differences between Erbil and Baghdad, but it is possible. Addressing these problems and talking to both parties, we hope to reach positive results soon.
He also added, “I am very happy that the relations between the region and Britain are very good. We are old friends of the Kurdish people. We have ample information about the Kurdish people. Yes, they were able to eliminate ISIS. This prompts us to work closely with the regional government and also towards developing relations in the economic, commercial and even tourism fields as well. With the territory. ”
“I do not know the number of British companies operating in the region, but I think there are many areas in which British companies can work in the region,” the minister added.
For his part, the President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, said today, Tuesday, the need requires a political will in Iraq to address the differences and pending issues between Erbil and Baghdad, and to adopt the federal system as stated in the constitution, as the basis for a solution.
This came during his meeting with James Cleverley, British Minister of Middle East and North Africa Affairs, and James Heppy, British Minister of State for Armed Forces Affairs.
The regional presidency said in a statement that the two sides discussed the Kurdistan Region and Iraq’s relations with Britain, the latest developments in the Iraqi political and security situation, the problems of Erbil – Baghdad and the continuing threat and threats of ISIS, and the two sides agreed that the assistance and support of the international coalition for Iraq and the Kurdistan Region is still necessary.
Barzani promised to visit the two British ministers to the Kurdistan Region in these circumstances during which the world is going through difficult times as a result of the outbreak of Corona virus, appreciated and a positive message, confirming the will and desire of the Kurdistan Region to strengthen its relations with Britain in all fields.
The two ministers announced that Britain will continue to assist and support the Kurdistan Region in facing terrorism until the final elimination of terrorism and the threat of ISIS, and it will also continue to help Erbil and Baghdad solve their problems.
The upcoming Iraqi elections, the developments in the region in general, the conditions of the displaced and refugees in the Kurdistan Region, the relations of the Kurdistan Region and Iraq with neighboring countries and other issues of concern to both sides occupied another axis of the meeting, according to the statement.