British Consul-General in Erbil James Thorton lays a wreath on March 16, 2021 to mark the 33rd anniversary of the Halabja chemical attack (NRT Digital Media/Twitter/@UKinErbil)

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SULAIMANI — British Consul-General in Erbil James Thornton said on Tuesday (March 16) that the UK and other foreign governments hope that Erbil and Baghdad are able to resolve their disagreements, including over the budget, oil, and payments to public sector workers.

 During a visit to Halabja to participate in the 33rd annual commemoration of the chemical attack on the city, Thornton told reporters that the consulate has always stressed the importance of resolving issues between the two governments.

The KRG and the federal government have been involved in tense negotiations over the budget for nearly a year, several times announcing the outlines of an agreement only to have politicians pull back from actually moving forward with implementation.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Spokesperson Jotiar Adil said that a KRG delegation will visit Baghdad on Tuesday for talks on the budget.


 (NRT Digital Media)



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