191 Policy 02/2021/03 21:04
Baghdad today – Baghdad
Members of the Kurdish government delegation in Baghdad continue to negotiate and hold meetings with various political and governmental parties with the aim of passing an agreement regarding the region’s share in the country’s financial budget for the current year 2021.
The financial and oil disputes between the federal government and the Kurdistan region, in the 2021 budget, are focused on the region’s financial percentage, and the quantities of oil it exports away from the Iraqi Oil Marketing Company “SOMO”, which should be delivered as part of the country’s total exports.
The Kurdish delegation
It is scheduled that the Parliamentary Finance Committee will finish discussing the terms and articles of the draft federal budget law for 2021 this week, and this occurs at a time when the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government delegation, headed by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan government, Qubad Talabani, continues to hold political meetings to ensure the passage of its share in the budget, And also the search for ways to put an end to the whole accumulated disputes between Baghdad and Erbil.
The representative of the Al-Fateh Alliance, Mukhtar Al-Mousawi, confirms that the discussions between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government on the draft budget law for 2021 have not yet been resolved.
Moussawi said in an interview with (Baghdad Today), “The discussions between Baghdad and Kurdistan are still continuing without reaching a definitive result, regarding the region’s share in the federal budget for 2021.”
He added, “Many MPs stipulated not to vote on the Kurdistan share except after paying the debts owed to Baghdad, as well as limiting the oil export process to SOMO only.”
And he indicated, “All the accounts have not been settled so far with regard to the ports and customs, therefore negotiations are still continuing, and until they reached a decision, we expect that the region did not comply with that, as happened in previous years.”
Kurdistan government spokesman: Parties in Baghdad create obstacles and problems
The spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Government, Jotiar Adel, confirms that there is a desire to reach an agreement with Baghdad, but he adds that “political parties are trying to achieve gains in the Iraqi street by continuing to create obstacles and problems in the way we reached an agreement on the text of the Kurdistan region’s dues in the draft budget law.” For the year 2021.
Adel said, in a press statement, that “the delegation of the Kurdistan region is currently in Baghdad and talks are underway on the 2021 budget bill with the Finance Committee in the Iraqi Parliament, which is overseeing completion, and at the same time, and coinciding with those talks, there are meetings with a number of leaders.” Iraqi political, Shiite and Sunni, with the aim of passing the text approved by the Kurdistan Regional Government, and confirming it in the draft budget law upon voting on it in the next few days.
At a time the Kurdish delegation is still in Baghdad headed by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan government, Qubad Talabani, to reach understandings with the federal government regarding the agreement between the two parties and the confirmation of the region’s share in the budget. In the interest of Kurdistan, which is negotiating its share.
The head of the Kurdistan Islamic Group, Salim Hamza, confirmed today, Wednesday, that the vote on the 2021 budget bill needs more time.
Hamza said in an interview with (Baghdad Today), that “dialogues and discussions are still continuing between all political forces regarding the draft budget law for the year 2021, especially since negotiations between Baghdad and Erbil have not ended and solutions have not yet been reached.”
And he stated, “Passing the 2021 budget bill tomorrow, Thursday, is unlikely. This matter needs more time, and it may be the middle of next week, or perhaps more than that. This depends on the results of the political forces’ dialogues, especially the dialogues between Baghdad and Erbil.” .
The political blocs have been in continuous talks for weeks to pass the 2021 budget and amend it, while the Finance Committee, which is the committee concerned with studying the draft law and amending it, announced the completion of most of the paragraphs and reducing the amount of the budget and the value of the deficit.
Parliamentary blocs still oppose the budgetary provisions for the Kurdistan region, coinciding with the region’s commitment not to deliver what Baghdad demands of its revenues, whether from oil or outlets, at a time when MPs in southern and central governorates consider that the funds allocated to Kurdistan are not allocated to the rest of the provinces.
The Sadrist Stream
Earlier in the day, the head of the political body of the Sadrist movement, Nassar al-Rubaie, assured the delegation of the Kurdistan region, the need to find strategic solutions to all outstanding problems.
She stated to the commission, in a statement, that its president “received today in Baghdad the Kurdistan Regional Government delegation headed by the deputy prime minister of the region, Qubad Talabani, and stressed a number of important points, and indicated that the collection of wealth and its fair distribution is unified for the Iraqis.
According to the statement, Al-Rubaie stated that “the Sadrist movement is continuing with its firm and steadfast position to collect wealth and distribute it justly to all Iraqis.”
A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government arrived, last Sunday, to the capital, Baghdad, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, in order to reach a final agreement that guarantees fixing the region’s share in the budget.
The latest developments
The economic expert, Nabil Al-Marsoumi, says that “the center and the region must work together in another way to solve the pending oil problems between them, and the method of distributing oil revenues between them.”
Al-Marsoumi added, in a press statement, that “the region needs $ 9 billion annually to pay the salaries of the region’s employees, and therefore it seems that the best way to solve it is for Baghdad to take over the management of the contracts signed by the Kurdistan region, which amount to 57 contracts, provided that Baghdad bears the financial obligations involved.” It must, in return for obtaining all the oil produced in the Kurdistan region, which exceeds half a million barrels per day, while also receiving other revenues and half of the revenues of the border ports, provided that Kurdistan receives its full financial share in the general budget according to the population percentage.
Today, Wednesday, an informed source revealed the latest developments in the negotiations between the delegation of the Kurdistan Regional Government and the federal government, regarding the region’s share in the budget.
The source said, in an interview with (Baghdad Today), that “the delegation of the Kurdistan Regional Government is scheduled to return to Erbil in the coming hours,” indicating that “the delegation has not reached with Baghdad so far to results and an agreement on fixing the region’s share in the budget.”
He added, “The end of this round of negotiations will keep the door open until early next week for further negotiations.”