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KRG Minister of State Khalid Shwani to lead talks with Baghdad

KRG Minister of State Khalid Shwani (Photo Credit: Kurdistan Regional Government)
2019-09-18

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SULAIMANI — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Wednesday (September 18)  tapped Minister of State Khalid Shwani to lead talks with the federal Government in an effort to resolve disputes over the budget, oil and gas revenue, and the disputed areas.

The Prime Minister made the decision with the Diwan and Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani. The appointment starts immediately.

Shwani is a senior member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and was an adviser to former Iraqi president Fuad Masum.

Last winter, the PUK had put him forward as a candidate for federal minister of justice, but his nomination failed amid a dispute between the PUK and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). His name was also floated as a possible candidate for the Kirkuk governorship, but was not selected for that either.

(NRT Digital Media)