306 Policy 2020/12/28 21:51
Baghdad Today – Follow-up
The Deputy Prime Minister in the Kurdistan region and the head of the Kurdish negotiating delegation, Qubad Talabani, announced today, Monday, that Erbil is ready to deliver 250 thousand barrels of oil to SOMO, in the event that the 2021 draft budget in its current form is voted in Parliament.
Qubad Talabani said, in a press conference: “If the draft budget is approved, we in the Kurdistan Regional Government are ready to deliver 250 thousand barrels of Kurdistan Region oil to SOMO.”
The head of the Kurdistan region’s delegation explained: “I think we held an adequate meeting, which lasted 4 hours, without stopping, during which we talked about the process of dialogue and negotiations between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the federal government, not only during our last visit, but from the beginning of the government’s work until now.”
Talabani added, “We discussed the file of the dialogue in full, as we, as the Kurdistan Regional Government, are always striving to reach a final agreement with the federal government, whether it is with the government of Adel Abdul Mahdi or Mustafa Al-Kazemi. We also presented the results of our last visit, and we were able to answer all questions about the various Prospective topics. ”
On the draft budget for 2021, which was approved by the Iraqi government and sent to Parliament, Qubad Talabani said: “We talked about a mechanism to enhance our coordination and cooperation in order to pass the 2021 budget and vote on it as it is, and we, as the Kurdistan government, agree to that part that concerns the Kurdistan region and are committed with it”.
On the Kurdistan Regional Government’s willingness to deliver 250 thousand barrels of oil to SOMO, in the event that the parliament approved the 2021 budget, Qubad Talabani said: “We had shown our readiness in the past and since November of 2019 to agree with the federal government, and now we are also showing our readiness to hand over the 250 A thousand barrels of oil and its export through SOMO, according to what was stated in the budget, and we will abide by the text of the law.
Earlier, the Kurdistan Regional Government confirmed that “good understandings” had been reached with the federal government regarding the draft budget law for 2021, indicating that “talks are still continuing with the aim of reaching a final agreement.”