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Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan Region discussed, on Wednesday, the results of negotiations with the federal government, and Chairman of the Council, Masrour Barzani, called on the United Nations to participate as a third party in the talks in Erbil – Baghdad, while the negotiating delegation indicated that the Kurdistan Regional Government implemented all its constitutional obligations and did not It leaves a justification for Baghdad not to send financial dues.
The Kurdistan Regional Government said in a statement that the Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan Region held its regular session today, headed by Prime Minister Masrour Barzani and in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani.
At the outset of the meeting, the Prime Minister valued the efforts and endeavors of the negotiating delegation of the Kurdistan Regional Government with the federal government, which stayed in Baghdad for two weeks and conducted a series of meetings and meetings with senior officials in the federal government during that period.
The Prime Minister indicated that the Kurdistan Regional Government has implemented all its obligations within the framework of the constitution, leaving no justification for the federal government with the aim of reaching a fair agreement that guarantees the rights and financial dues of the Kurdistan Region.
He stressed, “We will never give up our constitutional rights, and it is regrettable that the issue of salaries and financial dues has become a political pressure card used against the citizens of the Kurdistan Region.”
The Prime Minister called on the United Nations to participate, as a third party, and from now on in the talks between the Kurdistan Region and the federal government to determine the rights and duties of each party.
After that, the government negotiating delegation presented the results of his visit to Baghdad, and indicated that the visit aims to secure financial dues for the Kurdistan Region, and also touched on how to agree on the region’s share in the 2021 draft budget, which was subsequently voted on by the Federal Cabinet.
The negotiating delegation also reviewed the contents of the talks regarding the application of the law on financing the fiscal deficit (borrowing), and stressed that his visit to Baghdad was in order to implement the law and not negotiate about it, and announced the implementation of all the obligations of the region and left no justification and reason for not financing the Kurdistan Region, In light of this, the Cabinet affirmed that the federal government must send financial dues to the Kurdistan Region under the Fiscal Deficit Financing Law.
The Council of Ministers decided to inform the Kurdistan Parliament, the political parties, parties and public opinion in the region about the details of the talks and the latest developments with the federal government.
In another paragraph of the meeting, Minister of Finance and Economy Awat Sheikh Janab and Minister of Planning Dara Rashid provided estimates regarding revenues, the volume of spending and the expected fiscal deficit in the Kurdistan Region for the fiscal year 2021, as well as the preparations of the relevant ministries to prepare the draft general budget for the Kurdistan Region for the year 2021. After discussion and exchange of views , A set of proposals and recommendations aimed at organizing expenditures, taxes and revenues in the Kurdistan Region were discussed.
On raising the value of the dollar against the Iraqi dinar, the Council of Ministers directed the relevant ministries to closely monitor the markets and put an end to raising prices from people trying to exploit the current situation for their own interests and thus increase the burden on citizens.
In another paragraph of the meeting, the Council of Ministers discussed the epidemiological situation and the new strain of Corona virus, as Minister of Health Saman Barzanji presented a special report in this regard, while the Cabinet decided to tighten preventive measures and health instructions in public places, the private sector, institutions and government departments.