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Kurdistan Parliament Deputy Speaker Hemin Hawrami speaks during a press conference. (Photo: Kurdistan Parliament/Archive)
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – A delegation of legislators from the Kurdistan Parliament will visit the Iraqi capital Baghdad next week to meet their Iraqi counterparts and officials, expressing “legal and parliamentary” support to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) delegations in talks with the Iraqi government on the autonomous region’s share in the 2021 budget, a Kurdish deputy speaker said.
The remarks came following the return of a high-level KRG delegation who recently visited Baghdad to hold talks with their counterparts in the Iraqi capital over the Kurdistan Region’s share in the under-preparation 2021 budget bill, which is now progressed “positively to a mutual understanding.”
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A high-level Kurdistan Parliament delegation will visit Baghdad next week to initiate dialogue with relevant authorities in Baghdad and to express the outlook of legislators’ on supporting the KRG, Hemin Hawrami, the deputy speaker of parliament, told Kurdistan 24 on Monday.
“The KRG delegation is the specialized entity to negotiate with Baghdad, but they need support from the Kurdistan Presidency and Parliament,” Hawrami said.
The delegation will consist of the major parliamentarian blocks, according to Hawrami.
The Iraqi council of ministers is preparing the 2021 budget bill, which will be sent to the council of representatives for approval.
The new budget bill is prepared amid one of the harshest economic crises the country ever faced in its history, exacerbated by the global COVID-19 pandemic, which slashed oil prices that constitutes Iraq’s economic lifeline.
The relations between the Kurdistan Region and the Federal Government of Iraq are rocky as many issues, including land disputes and Kurdistan’s share of the federal budget, remain unresolved.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany