KRG delegation to go to Baghdad on Sunday for budget meetings: official

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SULAIMANI — Representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Baghdad Fars Esa said on Saturday (January 23) that a KRG delegation will visit Baghdad on Sunday for talks about the Kurdistan Region’s share of the federal budget.

Esa told NRT that KRG Minister of Finance Awat Janab will lead the delegation and meet with members of the Council of Representatives’ Finance Committee.

Regarding the visit of a separate political delegation from the Region to Baghdad, he said that the timing of that visit has not yet been established.

Finance Committee member Kamal Kochar told Iraq’s state-run al-Sabah newspaper that it is possible that the budget bill will be put to a vote at the end of this week or early next week.

On January 9, the Council of Representatives began consideration of the legislation, with a second reading held over the next several days.

In the draft, the Region will receive a 12.76 percent in return for Erbil transferring 250,000 barrels of crude oil per day and a percentage of customs revenue to Baghdad.

(NRT Digital Media)