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Delegation from Kurdistan Region to visit Baghdad Saturday: spokesperson

Spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Jutiar Adil (File)
2019-11-22

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SULAIMANI — A delegation from the Kurdistan Region will visit Baghdad for talks on Saturday, the spokesperson for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said on Friday (November 22).

KRG spokesperson Jutiar Adil told NRT that the delegation from would include the minister of finance and economy, the head of the Diwan, secretary of the Council of Ministers, and the minister of state for Kurdistan Region and Baghdad affairs.

Earlier, KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani told PUK-affiliated media that the delegation would discuss the persistent issues between the two governments during the visits in an attempted to resolve them.

Iraqi Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban said in a televised interview late on Thursday that a KRG delegation might visit Baghdad on Sunday.

A delegation led by Kurdistan Region’s President Nechirvan Barzani visited Baghdad on November 13 and met with Iraqi President Barham Salih, Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi, and Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi, as well as other Iraqi politicians.

That was President Barzani’s second visit to Baghdad since his inauguration in June.

Baghdad is a place where Kurds can strengthen their political and constitutional rights and that the Kurdistan Region will focus on consolidating its position there, Barzani said at the American University of Kurdistan in Duhok as a part of the Middle East Peace and Security Forum on Wednesday

In a speech at the same event, KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani said that the Kurdish government wanted to resolve issues with Baghdad.

“We definitely are looking at repairing relations with Baghdad,” he noted.

Under the 2019 Federal Budget Law, Baghdad is required to send 12.67 percent of the federal budget to Erbil in return for 250,000 barrels of crude oil per day. The KRG has so far failed to meet its obligations and, in response, Baghdad cut transfers and is only sending enough to pay public sector salaries.

(NRT Digital Media)

This story was updated at 8:29 pm EBL