KRG PM Barzani meets US diplomats to discuss Baghdad-Erbil relations

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani (Right) meeting with US ambassador to Iraq Matthew Tueller (Left) in Erbil on Wednesday December 4, 2019 (Photo Credit: KRG official Website)

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SULAIMANI — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani met with senior US diplomats in Iraq on Wednesday (December 4) to discuss developments in relations between Baghdad and Erbil.

Barzani met with US Ambassador to Iraq Matthew Tueller and US Consul General in Erbil Steven Fagin in the Kurdistan Region's capital on the sidelines of an investment conference to brief them on the recent agreements regarding oil and the 2020 federal budget.

“The US ambassador supports the understandings and developments between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Region concerning the 2020 budget plan,” the KRG said in its readout of the meeting.

Prime Minister Barzani affirmed the role of the Kurdistan Region in stabilizing the situation in Iraq and its support for the federal government.

Over the past ten days, the KRG has reached agreements with the federal government on oil exports and the Region’s share of the federal budget. The KRG affirmed that Erbil will send 250,000 barrels of oil per day to Baghdad. In return, Baghdad will transfer the Region’s full 12.67 percent share of the budget.

Statements from officials have indicated that the agreement follows the contours of the 2019 Federal Budget Law that was passed last January, which was never fully implemented because the KRG failed to abide by its terms by not sending any oil to Baghdad.

(NRT Digital Media)