Two Kurdish delegations to Baghdad to persuade the parliament and the blocs to pass the budget

Friday – 9 Jumada II 1442 AH – January 22, 2021 AD Issue No. [15396]

Minister of Planning in the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq Dara Rashid (Rudaw)

Erbil: «Asharq Al-Awsat»

The Minister of Planning in the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq, Dara Rashid, announced that two high-level delegations from the region, one governmental and the other political, will visit the capital Baghdad next week to discuss the region’s share in the federal budget for the current year.

Rashid said during a press conference in Erbil, yesterday, that «the government delegation will go to Baghdad next Saturday, to be followed by another visit of a high-level political delegation that includes representatives of the main parties in Kurdistan». He added, “The political delegation is to be headed by the President of the Kurdistan region, Nechirvan Barzani, in his capacity as vice president of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, as well as a leader in the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and another from the Change Movement, and other parties may participate, if they wish.” He stressed that «the Kurdistan Regional Government hopes to reach an agreement with the Iraqi government according to the commitment of the regional government to send 250 thousand barrels of oil per day from the fields of Kurdistan, in addition to 50 percent of the imports of border crossings, provided that the federal government guarantees the share of the region in the proportion agreed upon in a draft Budget (12.6%).

A source close to the Iraqi prime minister told Al-Sharq al-Awsat that the meetings of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s delegation to Baghdad within days will be with the political blocs and parliamentary committees, “as there is no disagreement between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government about the 2021 budget. On the contrary, there is. Prior agreement on this issue and the region clearly announced its acceptance of the draft budget prepared by the federal government ».

Regarding the details of the visit, the Minister of Federal Government Affairs in the Kurdistan Regional Government, Khaled Shawani, told Al-Sharq Al-Awsat that “the proportion of the Kurdistan region in the 2012 federal budget was agreed upon with the federal government previously and is guaranteed in the draft budget law presented before the House of Representatives, and a government delegation The region, which will visit Baghdad next week, will meet the Parliamentary Finance Committee and other committees related to the budget in addition to the parliamentary blocs and representatives, to explain to them facts about the financial situation in the draft budget law and the financial relationship between Baghdad and Erbil.

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