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KRG and Iraq strike visa deal, plan to drop entry fees 

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KRG and Iraq strike visa deal, plan to drop entry fees
Iraq’s recently appointed Minister of the Interior Yassin al-Yasseri speaks to his KRG counterparts in Erbil, August 29, 2019. Photo: Iraqi Ministry of Interior / social media
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Government of Iraq (GOI) on Thursday reached an agreement on visa issuing powers and on the lifting of entry fees imposed on Iraqis entering the Kurdistan Region. 

Delegations have traveled back and forth between Erbil and Baghdad in recent months as relations between the KRG and the GOI continue to improve. 

Iraq’s recently appointed Minister of the Interior Yassin al-Yasseri arrived in the Kurdistan Regional capital on Wednesday accompanied by high ranking civilian and security officials. 

On Thursday he met with his KRG counterpart Rebar Barzani. 

“Important topics were discussed concerning the work of the two ministries,” Yasseri told a joint press conference following the meeting. 

“The first topic was the topic of passports, visas, citizenship documents, and identity cards, and opening a number of national card bureaus to get this vitally important project done in the Kurdistan Region,” he added. 

Saad Maan, spokesperson for Iraq’s Ministry of the Interior, said the minister “authorized” the KRG to issue visas for tourism, short visits, and emergency cases that would apply to all Iraqi provinces. 

Work and business visas would therefore appear to be excluded. 

No timeframe was given for when this could be implemented. There were also no details on the cost or any restrictions.

The KRG interior ministry is yet to issue a statement of its own. 

Previously, the KRG and the GOI operated rival visa policies. Foreigners coming to the Kurdistan Region would be granted a visa that was only recognized inside the Region but not in the rest of federal Iraq.

Foreigners holding a visa from Baghdad also had a hard time coming into the Region because the KRG did not recognize it. 

The dispute over visa recognition may now be resolved. 

“We also discussed the lifting of the 10,000 [entry] fee [into Kurdistan Region], and the brothers promised us to remove the fee and facilitate the entry of Iraqi brothers into the Kurdistan Region,” Yasseri told the press conference. 

Iraqi Arab tourists visiting the Kurdistan Region had to pay an entry fee of 10,000 Iraqi dinars at the Erbil-Kirkuk checkpoint.

Iraqis have regularly complained the fee is uncalled for since the Kurdistan Region is part of Iraq.

Maan said the KRG Prime Minister had given the agreement his blessing after meeting with Yasseri.  

Both ministers for the interior are part of a committee formed between Baghdad and Erbil to address the issue of security and administration in the disputed territories claimed by both Baghdad and Erbil.

However, the issue of the disputed territories does not seem to have featured in Wednesday’s discussions.

The ministers did however discuss cooperation in the implantation of arrest warrants that would see arrested individuals sent to Baghdad to be tried in the federal courts.

Erbil-Baghdad relations have generally improved since Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi took office in late 2018.

Ties between the two sides suffered a blow on October 16, 2017, when Iraqi forces led an offensive into the disputed territories, forcing the Kurdish Peshmerga to withdraw.

Several outstanding issues remain over independent oil sales, the KRG’s share of the federal budget, and the administration of the disputed territories.

Improvements in the relationship were noted by Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the UN Special Envoy to Iraq, in her quarterly briefing to the UN Security Council.  

Hennis-Plasschaert told the Security Council she is hopeful the two sides can resolve their differences now that both governments have been formed.

This has created a positive momentum to advance negotiations between Baghdad and Erbil, also demonstrated by the establishment of a High-Level Joint Committee,” she said.

“And I cannot deny: the expectations are high, in particular on key files – including Kirkuk, Sinjar, and revenue sharing,” she added.

 

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Talabani to an American delegation: the importance of re - start the application of Article 140

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The Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Qubad Talabani, on Thursday, in the city of Arbil, with a delegation from the US Consulate, and a Norwegian diplomatic delegation, issues of budget, oil, security, and relations between Erbil and Baghdad.
This came during a meeting with Talabani, the delegations separately, as the Vice President of the Kurdistan Regional Government discussed the issues of maintaining security and stability of the region after the emergence of dangers to the remnants of the remnants of the Islamic State in the border areas, stressing the importance of re-start Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution Disputed.
Another focus of the meetings included highlighting the new steps of the KRG in solving problems and improving services.
The delegation of the US Consulate, along with Steven Vijn, the US Consul, included Andrew Linder, Political and Economic Affairs Officer at the Consulate, while the Norwegian delegation was headed by Norwegian Special Representative for Syria and Iraq, accompanied by Tony Allers, Norwegian Ambassador in Baghdad, and Rohr Huxdal, Deputy Consul. Senior Advisor to the Norwegian Embassy in Iraq
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Parliamentary Finance: Kurdistan is waiting for news from Baghdad to negotiate outstanding issues

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The decision of the Parliamentary Finance Committee Ahmed al-Saffar, Thursday, that the Kurdistan region is waiting for news from Baghdad in order to hold meetings between the Center and the region on resolving the differences and outstanding issues between the parties, pointing out that the 2020 budget will face difficulties if the parties do not reach a solution to the outstanding problems.

Al-Saffar said in a statement to the information, that "the issue of resolving differences and the formation of negotiating committees between the Center and the regions are not related to the deputies, but the region formed two specialized delegations, one concerned with financial issues and border ports and financial issues between Baghdad and Erbil , and the other delegation concerned with the oil file and Article 140."

He added that "Kurdistan is waiting for news from Baghdad in order to hold a meeting between the negotiating committees between the Center and the region, to resolve the contentious issues between the parties."

Al-Saffar, a deputy for the Kurdistan Democratic Party, that "the Finance Committee informed the parties in Baghdad and Erbil that the 2020 budget will face difficulties in the absence of a political agreement between Baghdad and Erbil , and know the results of the dialogue between them." Finished / 25 N.

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Kurdistan's peasants are on time to receive their financial dues
Baghdad is sending billions to Kurdistan for distribution to the peasants
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The spokesman of the # Ministry of Trade in the Kurdistan Regional Government # Fathi_Madras , on Thursday, sending the federal government in Baghdad an amount of 30 billion dinars to the region.

The teacher told " Solution Iraq ", that «# the federal government sent an amount of 30 billion dinars and deposited in the accounts of the Central Bank (branch # Erbil ), for distribution to the peasants in the Kurdistan region».

He added that «funds # sent are dues to farmers for the past years, and Baghdad is sending those dues in the form of payments, and there is another payment will be sent during the next month».

He pointed out that «the Government of the region allocated the amount of 10 billion dinars for each # of the three provinces of the region, to be distributed to the peasants fairly has begun distribution today».

Baghdad and Erbil exchange delegations and visits in the framework of efforts to resolve outstanding problems in the financial, economic and security aspects, after a period of stagnation and problems between the two sides, especially after the “referendum” held by the Kurdistan region in September 2017.

 
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Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government Qabbad Talabani, stressed the importance of starting the application of Article 140 of the Constitution.

A statement by the regional government that Talabani received on Thursday evening, in the city of Erbil, a delegation from the US consulate and another Norwegian separately, and discussed with them topics including the budget, oil, security, and relations between Erbil and Baghdad.

 

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Vice President of the Kurdistan Regional Government Qabbad Talabani

The son of the late Iraqi President Jalal Talabani discussed the issues of maintaining security and stability of the region after the emergence of dangers to the remnants of the remnants of the Islamic State in the border areas, stressing the importance of starting to apply Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution, which is to resolve the problems of disputed areas.

The meetings included highlighting the new steps of the regional government in order to solve problems and improve services, and "the process of reform in relations between Erbil and Baghdad."

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Qubad Talabani stresses the importance of the application of Article 140

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Qubad Talabani, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government , stressed the importance of starting to apply Article 140 of the Constitution. 

   Talabani discussed with a delegation from the US consulate in Erbil, several topics including the budget, oil, security, and relations between Erbil and Baghdad. 

   Talabani also discussed with the US delegation the issues of maintaining security and stability of the region after the emergence of dangers to the remnants of the remnants of ISIS in the border areas, stressing the importance of the start of the application of Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution to resolve the problems of disputed areas. 

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Friday، 30 August 2019 11:37 PM

Kurdistan Region lifts entry fee for Iraqi tourists

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Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region Masrour Barzani receives Iraq's Interior Minister Yassin al-Yasiri in Erbil, Aug. 29, 2019

The Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region Masrour Barzani on Thursday stated his government has decided to lift fees on tourists from central and southern Iraq visiting the autonomous Kurdish region.


Barzani delivered the news during a meeting with a high-ranking delegation led by Iraq’s Interior Minister, Yassin al-Yasiri, in Erbil.


The Iraqi minister welcomed the positive atmosphere Erbil and Baghdad are currently enjoying, commending the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Iraqi federal ministries’ mutual understanding, according to the readout of the Prime Minister’s press office.


Yasiri stressed that all outstanding issues should be resolved in “accordance with the Constitution of Iraq.”


During the meeting, the two sides touched on the issue of the entry fee of 10,000 Iraqi dinars (US $8) levied from Iraqi tourists when they enter the Kurdistan Region.

The Kurdish official explained that the entry stamps required of Iraqi citizens “was to protect the security of the Kurdistan Region” and that the fees were not imposed “on the basis of nationality,” but rather “included all citizens“ living outside the Kurdish region. 


He also pointed out the mechanism for issuing an entry pass to Iraqi tourists would change to a ‘security guarantee’ card, and that the fee would be lifted, the statement added.


Annually, millions of tourists enter the autonomous Kurdish region to enjoy its many tourist destinations, historical sites, security, and its comparatively cool summer weather. Most visitors are Iraqis.


The meeting came one day after the Iraqi delegation landed in Erbil and met with Interior Minister of the KRG, Rebar Ahmed.


Yasiri on Thursday also met with Masoud Barzani in Erbil, the President of the leading Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the former President of the Kurdistan Region.

Both sides discussed the latest developments in the country and acknowledged improving relations between Erbil and Baghdad, which they believe presents “a good opportunity to resolve outstanding disputes,” according to a statement released by Barzani’s office.


They also underlined the importance of better coordination between Erbil and Baghdad in ensuring the security and stability of the country as they continue to combat persisting terrorism threats.

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Democratic leader: No Kurdish official can say that the referendum was canceled

Political | 10:01 - 31/08/2019

 
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The leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Majid Shankali, Saturday, that the referendum can not be canceled by anyone, stressing that any political official in the Kurdistan region can say that the referendum has been canceled. 
"The referendum cannot be canceled by anyone, and this practice represents the wishes of citizens who came out and gave their opinions," Shankali said. 
He added: "I do not think that any political official in the Kurdistan region can say that the referendum has been canceled, because at that time this person will be considered a defender of the defense of 93 percent of the population of the region voted for the referendum," saying that "a state of despair will affect those if their demands are abandoned ". 
He explained, "The application of this result and activation depends on the circumstances, the results may be frozen, and may be activated after a long period," noting that "this is not in the hands of citizens, but in the hands of leaders."
He stressed, the need to "resolve any issue, whether the referendum or otherwise, in agreement with Baghdad, because everyone knows that the Kurdistan region is part of Iraq, and will not do anything except in agreement with Iraq," stressing that "activation of the results of the referendum due to internal balances Regional and international. " 
Shankali pointed out that "none of the Kurds did not provide guarantees to the Baghdad government not to apply the results of the referendum in the future," but "the current situation indicates that the region is part of Iraq and is still involved." 
The KDP leader said, "The constitution was clear, that the Kurds entered into a free and unified federal Iraq that applies the constitution, but so far the constitution has not been applied with regard to federalism, as the law of the Union Council has not been enacted, so the federal government should seek to implement federalism." Realism to discourage the Kurds from demanding the activation of the results of the referendum in the future.

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A deputy for the wisdom reveals two reasons for not declaring Kurdish political parties to reject the separation referendum

Political | 10:43 - 31/08/2019

 
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BAGHDAD - Mawazine News, 
a deputy from the National Movement of wisdom, on Saturday, for two reasons not to say Kurdish political parties not to approve the secession referendum at that time. 
The MP for the current, Hassan Fadom, that "the referendum was a big mistake committed by the administration of the Kurdistan region," considering that "the majority of Kurdish political parties did not agree to this step." 
He added that the lack of approval was due to popular pressures inside the region and the fear of the masses there. .
On the official level, the member of parliament: "There were indications by the provincial government that the results of the referendum became invalid, especially after the advisory opinion of the Federal Legal Court in this regard," recalling that "the government in Baghdad had stipulated the cancellation of the results of the referendum with all the procedures involved Ended 29/43

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The Committee on Economy and Investment Alnababip, on Saturday, to exceed the share of the Kurdistan region in the federal budget for the current year more than 17%, indicating that the region exceeded its highest share of history .

Committee member Nada Shaker Jawdat said in a statement followed by 'orbit'  that "the budget ended without Baghdad to get any financial resource from Erbil. Despite the prior agreement, which makes the share of Kurdistan rise to more than 17% of the federal budget .

Jawdat said, "The region sells oil through Iraq's share in OPEC internationally, but does not give Iraq any barrel despite the agreement between the parties, which requires the commitment of the regional government to deliver 250 thousand barrels in addition to the resources of customs and airports, which makes the region's share is rising at an unprecedented rate ."

She pointed out that "the previous government estimated the proportion of the region by 12% after checking the record of staff and needs, as well as being forced to hand over the revenues of the Kamarak and oil, but the government of Adel Abdul Mahdi is the weakest and has been unable to commit Kurdistan to the application of budget items ."

Jawdat explained that "Kurdistan MPs mock Arab MPs during negotiations with them on the share of the region where the answer is immediate that the region is benefiting from those surpluses, unlike the southern and central provinces that go to the pockets of corrupt. "

 
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The federal budget reeling flow of more than 17% of them to the region and the parliamentary economic describes the government of Abdul-Mahdi weakest since 2003

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Baghdad / Obelisk: Revealed the Committee on Economy and Investment Alnababip, on Saturday, August 31, 2019, exceeded the share of the Kurdistan region in the federal budget for the current year more than 17%, indicating that the region exceeded its highest share of history.

Committee member Nada Shaker Jawdat said in a statement to the obelisk, "The budget ended without Baghdad to get any financial resource from Erbil, despite the prior agreement, which makes the share of Kurdistan rise to more than 17% of the federal budget."

Jawdat said, "The region sells its oil through Iraq's share in OPEC internationally, but does not give Iraq any barrel despite the agreement between the parties, which requires the commitment of the regional government to deliver 250 thousand barrels in addition to the resources of customs and airports, making the region's share is rising at an unprecedented rate."

She pointed out that "the previous government estimated the proportion of the region by 12% after checking the record of staff and needs, as well as being forced to hand over the revenues of the Kamarak and oil, but the government of Adel Abdul Mahdi is the weakest and has been unable to commit Kurdistan to the application of budget items."

Jawdat said, "Kurdistan MPs ridicule the Arab deputies during negotiations with them on the share of the region where it is answered immediately that the region is benefiting from those surpluses, unlike the southern and central provinces that go to the pockets of corrupt."
Earlier, MPs revealed a "serious fraud" in the general budget, which was approved in the House of Representatives, because of a "disastrous paper" added to the budget items relating to Kurdistan without passing on the members of parliament.

A member of the Integrity Committee in the parliament, MP Alia Nassif, in a television interview followed by the "obelisk" that "has been collected more than 24 signatures by members of the House of Representatives to investigate the serious fraud in the public budget approved by the parliament," noting that "the request for investigation has been edited after The discovery of deputies to obtain budget fraud.

The deputies of the wisdom revealed the huge figures spent for the Kurdistan region, admitted by the President of the Board of Financial Supervision, and the order of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, which supports the courtesy of the Prime Minister of the region at the expense of the budget, which must be divided fairly on the Iraqi people, at a time procrastinating the region in the payment of dues It is exported from the region's oil.

The MP for the opposition bloc of wisdom Ali al-Aboudi, a book presented by Finance Minister Fuad Hussein during the hosting session on Wednesday, including the issuance of an order by the Prime Minister to pay the salaries of employees of the Kurdistan region.

Warning

Oil expert Hamza al-Jawahiri issued a warning on Friday, August 30, 2019, which he described as "important" and "dangerous" about the export of the Kurdistan region 600 thousand barrels per day, not 250 thousand barrels per day as rumored.

Al-Jawahiri addressed the Iraqis, saying, "Ahli, honorable people of Iraq, we must launch a national campaign to negotiate oil exported by the northern Iraqi region of 600,000 barrels per day, not 250,000 barrels per day as rumored."

He went on to say: "With our silence on this subject, we have participated in the crime of stealing $ 13,000,000,000 thirteen billion dollars annually (funds for orphans, the needy, widows and all those in need) from the revenues of Iraqi oil exported abroad ...

He described what happened as "the crime of the times, but the crimes committed against the people of Iraq."

"So I urge the brothers to move and publish on the widest scale in all social media and other means of communication via the Internet and other means of effective publishing because society is ignorant of much is hidden."

"Those who have wronged will know which coup they will turn against," he concluded.

In addition, the obelisk monitored the views, which considered that the region "satisfied" with the escalation of security against the Popular Mobilization, because that distracts the attention of the elite and popular opinion from stealing oil imports.

It also considered the views that Prime Minister Abdul Mahdi, may justify his preoccupation with the crisis of bombing of the crowd stores, to deduct the oil imports of the region.

Sources say "Obelisk" that there seems to be a suspicion of a behind-the-scenes agreement between Abdul-Mahdi and Kurdish parties to resolve the problem through talks, which did not set a time limit, and may take years, while the region continues to steal oil money.

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British ambassador meets with Kurdish PM to discuss visa facilitation, regional developments

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British ambassador meets with Kurdish PM to discuss visa facilitation, regional developments
Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani (right) during a meeting with Jon Wilks, the British Ambassador to Iraq. (Photo: Kurdistan 24) 
 

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Ties between Erbil and Baghdad, as well as security in the region, led discussions in a meeting on Sunday between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani and Jon Wilks, the British Ambassador to Iraq.

During the meeting, Wilks relayed the United Kingdom’s optimistic position and positive support toward the Kurdistan Region’s ninth cabinet, led by Prime Minister Barzani, a statement from the Kurdish prime minister’s press office said.

“The Kurdistan Region is developing, and we are pleased that the Erbil-Baghdad ties are parallel with that development,” Wilks said, according to the statement.

For his part, Prime Minister Barzani highlighted the recent developments of “mutual understanding” between the KRG and the Iraqi government on the outstanding issues between the two sides. He reaffirmed that the ongoing disputes are being solved on a constitutional basis.

In another part of the meeting, both sides discussed the process of British visa issuance in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq. Wilks reassured “further facilitation to accrue visa procedures in Kurdistan and Iraq,” the statement said.

The ambassador also expressed British companies’ readiness to invest in the autonomous Kurdish region.

On the ongoing war with the so-called Islamic State, both Barzani and Wilks discussed the rise in the terror group’s activity and its toll on people in the region.

The meeting concluded with both agreeing on the need for further coordination and cooperation between Iraq and the Kurdistan Region’s security forces to overcome security obstacles that threaten the region.  

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Masrour Barzani: Our talks with Baghdad are on the right track

 
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The head of the Kurdistan Regional Government Masrour Barzani said that talks are continuing with Baghdad and relations are on track, revealing an understanding to resolve differences based on the Constitution.
According to a statement issued by his office, received "morning", a copy of it, the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government Masroor Barzani, received on Sunday British Ambassador to Iraq John Wilkes, and discussed with him a number of issues of common concern.
During the meeting, which was attended by British Consul General in Erbil James Thornton, the British ambassador pointed out that his country views the new formation of the Kurdistan Regional Government with a positive and optimistic view, and that it is ready to provide all forms of assistance. Between the province and Baghdad, he explained that the talks are continuing and relations are on track, and there is a good understanding to resolve differences based on the Constitution.
Barzani also received the new French consul in the Kurdistan Region, Olivier Dekotini. To the Kurdish people and the Kurdistan region, and I wish to strengthen relations between the two sides. "
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The table shows the monthly salaries of government departments and institutions, which amounted to $ 2.7 billion, while the Ministry of Interior topped the list followed by defense and then the salaries of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

The average monthly salaries of government departments and institutions amounted to $ 2.7 billion, equivalent to 54% of the total operating expenses of the Iraqi government for 2019. 

The Ministry of Interior topped the list with more than $ 700 million, representing more than 26% of the total salaries, followed by the Ministry of Defense at $ 381 million, representing 14% of the total salaries, followed by the Kurdistan Regional Government salaries of $ 300 million, or 11.4% of the total salaries.
 
 
 
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Barzani announces his support for the government of Nineveh and stresses the need for coordination with Kurdistan

Barzani announces his suppor t for the government of Nineveh and stresses the need for coordination with Kurdistan

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Alnoor News / Baghdad

Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) President Massoud Barzani on Monday expressed his full support for the governor of Nineveh province and his administration, stressing the importance of coordination with the region to improve the situation of citizens, during a meeting held in Erbil between the Kurdish leader and the governor of Nineveh.

A statement from Barzani's office received a copy of the news, "During the meeting discussed the administrative and service conditions and living conditions of the residents of the city of Mosul and the general population of Nineveh province, and discussed the situation of the displaced and ways to return to their areas of origin."

He pointed out that "Barzani announced during the meeting his full support for the management of Mosul and its tasks and activities that serve the citizens, and in improving the living conditions of the displaced."

The statement continued, "It was during the meeting the need for permanent coordination between the Kurdistan region and the province of Nineveh."

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Kurdistan affirms its «good» relationship with Iran despite the differences between the Peshmerga and the crowd
2019-09-01
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Looks good political relationship between the # Alhzb_aldemqrati_alcardstani led # Msaud_barzana with Iran, but the tension and deep differences with # Alhacd_alhobei specifically in the area # Shl_ninoy subject to the crowd clamp.

Member of the party # Imad_Baglan , told "Solution Iraq," that «the conversations that result from the bad relationship between # Iran and Erbil, is false news, because we have a very good relationship with Iran and has a consulate in the Kurdistan region».

He added that «our relationship with Tehran is related to many dimensions, including historical, geographic, economic and even social, but the party disagrees with the orientation of the Popular Mobilization, and specifically with the " crowd-network ".

He pointed out that «Brigade 30 of the Popular Mobilization, practiced arbitrarily with the Kurds who visit the Nineveh Plain, and they are poisoning the Kurds, and not all Shabak, but the family of the“ Qadu ”.

The network mobilization takes full control of the Nineveh Plain area and controls the resources of towns and villages.

Observers confirm that armed Shabak elements prevent the return of the displaced and impose royalties on the residents.

Arab news sites and newspapers had earlier reported differences between the Kurdish Peshmerga forces stationed on the border of the Nineveh plain and the PMF, which would be exploited by ISIS , military officials said.

The same was pointed out by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Affairs, Michael Mulroy, and considered that «ISIS» seeks to re-emerge and exploit the security gaps in the disputed areas and along the line between Iraqi and Kurdish forces », stressing the importance of« strengthening Coordination between these forces ».

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Iran Jumps Into Crucial KRG-Iraq Oil Negotiations

Iran has entered the ongoing negotiations over the on-off budget disbursements-for-oil deal between the Federal Government of Iraq (FGI) in Baghdad and the government of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan (KRG) in Erbil, OilPrice.com can exclusively reveal. Along with the build-out of the Common Seawater Supply Project (CSSP), Iraq’s ability to achieve its new oil production targets of 6.2 million barrels per day (bpd) by end-2020 and 9 million bpd by end-2023 is dependent on the inclusion of oil production in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) in the north.

The longstanding framework for this was the deal struck between the two sides in November 2014 in which the KRG agreed to export up to 550,000 bpd of oil from its own fields and Kirkuk via Baghdad’s State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO). In return, Baghdad would send 17 per cent of the federal budget after sovereign expenses per month in budget payments to the KRG. This agreement was superseded by another in October 2018 that required Baghdad to transfer sufficient funds from the budget to pay the salaries of KRG employees in exchange for the KRG handing over the export of at least 250,000 bpd of crude oil to SOMO. Since the beginning of this year, the FGI has purportedly delivered on its side but the KRG has not.

 

 

Previously, Iran played a pivotal role on the side of Baghdad in ensuring that the KRG at least partly toed the unity line. The most notable recent example of this was just after the KRG’s independence vote in September 2014 that saw over 93 per cent of the 3.3 million eligible ballots across the voting areas of the disputed region of Kirkuk and Makhmour in the north, Sinjar in the northwest, and Khanaqin in the east vote for independence from the rest of Iraq. Although the vote was not legally binding, the result understandably led to increased pressure from the KRG on Baghdad for a better deal on the budget for oil deal and increasing Kurdish unrest across the region. In response to a direct invitation from the then-Iraq prime minister, Haider al-Abadi – who had called the vote “unconstitutional” – Iran’s top general, Major General Qassem Soleimani, had moved Iranian troops into key choke points in and around the Kirkuk oil field area.

He, personally, had also “had a serious chat with [then-KRG President] Massoud Barzani about his future,” a senior source who works very closely with Iran’s Petroleum Ministry told OilPrice.com. The contents of this ‘chat’ included allegedly hard evidence of long-running bribery and corruption at the cost of his Kurdish people. In essence, Soleimani and Iran’s senior intelligence personnel said, Masoud Barzani and his son, Masrour (then de facto head of the KRG’s intelligence services and now prime minister) had stolen 28 per cent of all of the KRG’s entire oil export stock.

The resulting funds had then allegedly been ultimately deposited in an account in a bank in Northern Cyprus under the name of Masrour’s then-mistress, who, Iran said, was connected to Russia’s SVR [the Sluzhba vneshney razvedki foreign intelligence agency of Russia]. Shortly after this chat, Russian oil behemoth, Rosneft, signed a deal that basically gave it control over the KRI’s oil industry and Masoud Barzani announced that he would be stepping down as President and leaving frontline politics altogether. 

Now, though, Iran’s view has shifted to one in which it is deemed necessary for the time being to be more helpful towards the KRG and, in so doing, put pressure on the FGI in Baghdad. “In recent weeks, Baghdad has become a lot more open to the idea – at least overtly – of increased U.S. involvement in Iraq,” said the Iran source. “It may just be purely for show, of course, designed to get Exxon[Mobil] back to its previous commitment to build-out the [CSSP] and to get more money out of the U.S. for various development projects but Iran can’t afford to take any chances with its neighbour falling back into the U.S. sphere of influence, so it is using the KRG problem as leverage to keep Baghdad on side,” he added.

 

 

Iran’s other motive for this volte-face in siding with the KRG is to keep its own very sizable and vocal Kurdish population (around 9 per cent of the total) away from any broader-based move to support independence for the entire 30 million or so Kurdish population scattered across Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria.

“The 2017 vote in the KRG stoked the already separatist-minded Kurds dispersed across the borders towards finally gaining their own independent state, as would have originally occurred back in 1920 with the referendum promised in the ‘Treaty of Sèvres’,” said the Iran source. “This was again promised by the U.S. as the reward for Kurdistan’s Peshmerga army taking on the boots-on-the-ground fight with Islamic State when it was clear that the voters in the U.S., U.K., and the rest of Europe had no interest in sending large numbers of their own soldiers to the Middle East again,” he added.

Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, had also viewed the KRG referendum result with a similar degree of horror at the time - around 18% of its population being Kurds in the east of the country – and threatened to invade the northern part of Iraq in which Kurdistan is situated.

As it stands, the deal that the KRG does not accept looks like a very bad one from Kurdistan’s perspective. Rather than the previous 17 per cent share of the FGI’s budget in exchange for a full quota of oil coming from the KRG, the offer from Baghdad was for just 12.67 per cent. Baghdad said this figure was more in line with the percentage population of the KRG area in Iraq’s as a whole.

In response, OilPrice.com understands from various sources in Iraqi Kurdistan, the KRG has increased the volumes of oil that it is shipping and selling illegally as far as Baghdad is concerned, although the actual legal position is debatable. According to the KRG, it has authority under Articles 112 and 115 of the Iraq Constitution to manage oil and gas in the Kurdistan Region extracted from fields that were not in production in 2005 - the year that the Constitution was adopted by referendum. Baghdad, however, believes that under Article 111 of the Constitution, oil and gas are under the ownership of all the people of Iraq in all the regions and governorates. 

As such, privately, Baghdad has told the KRG that it may start to bring legal action against the KRG’s independent sales of oil again, much of which is sent to China and Israel, and to oil-needy Eastern European states, such as Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo, among others, OilPrice.com understands. The last shipment of oil to leave the KRG was going East (to China, specifically), and was sold for US$69 million, OilPrice.com was told last week. Such actions are par for the course with Baghdad, particularly at times when it is looking to make a new deal with the KRG on budget payments for oil.

Back on May 23, 2014, just before the original deal was reached, SOMO filed an arbitration claim with the International Chamber of Commerce claiming: “By transporting and storing crude oil from Kurdistan, and by loading that crude oil onto a tanker in Ceyhan, all without the authorisation of the Iraqi Ministry of Oil, Turkey and [Turkey’s state owned pipeline operator] BOTAS have breached their obligations under the Iraq-Turkey Pipeline Agreement [ITP].” Baghdad also initiated proceedings against the oil tanker United Kalavrvata in respect of its Kurdish oil cargo on July 28, 2014 in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas, whereupon an order was initially made in favour of SOMO and U.S. Marshalls were instructed to take possession of the cargo.

Under the advice of Iran, the KRG is now offering as a starting point in the new negotiations with the FGI in Baghdad that the Kurdistan area receives 40% of the revenues for the oil that it sends to the south. Also, the KRG is suggesting an additional sliding scale of further payments to compensate it for the security for the fields that will be provided by the Kurdish Peshmerga. “This would bring the total up to between 55 and 58 per cent for the KRG,” said the Iran source. “Iran has also offered to put some of its own security forces into the KRG area, along with supplying the Peshmerga with 400 Iranian artillery pieces,” he concluded. 

 

 

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By Simon Watkins - Sep 01, 2019, 10:00 AM CDT

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Iran has entered the ongoing negotiations over the on-off budget disbursements-for-oil deal between the Federal Government of Iraq (FGI) in Baghdad and the government of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan (KRG) in Erbil, OilPrice.com can exclusively reveal. Along with the build-out of the Common Seawater Supply Project (CSSP), Iraq’s ability to achieve its new oil production targets of 6.2 million barrels per day (bpd) by end-2020 and 9 million bpd by end-2023 is dependent on the inclusion of oil production in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) in the north.

The longstanding framework for this was the deal struck between the two sides in November 2014 in which the KRG agreed to export up to 550,000 bpd of oil from its own fields and Kirkuk via Baghdad’s State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO). In return, Baghdad would send 17 per cent of the federal budget after sovereign expenses per month in budget payments to the KRG. This agreement was superseded by another in October 2018 that required Baghdad to transfer sufficient funds from the budget to pay the salaries of KRG employees in exchange for the KRG handing over the export of at least 250,000 bpd of crude oil to SOMO. Since the beginning of this year, the FGI has purportedly delivered on its side but the KRG has not.

Previously, Iran played a pivotal role on the side of Baghdad in ensuring that the KRG at least partly toed the unity line. The most notable recent example of this was just after the KRG’s independence vote in September 2014 that saw over 93 per cent of the 3.3 million eligible ballots across the voting areas of the disputed region of Kirkuk and Makhmour in the north, Sinjar in the northwest, and Khanaqin in the east vote for independence from the rest of Iraq. Although the vote was not legally binding, the result understandably led to increased pressure from the KRG on Baghdad for a better deal on the budget for oil deal and increasing Kurdish unrest across the region. In response to a direct invitation from the then-Iraq prime minister, Haider al-Abadi – who had called the vote “unconstitutional” – Iran’s top general, Major General Qassem Soleimani, had moved Iranian troops into key choke points in and around the Kirkuk oil field area.

He, personally, had also “had a serious chat with [then-KRG President] Massoud Barzani about his future,” a senior source who works very closely with Iran’s Petroleum Ministry told OilPrice.com. The contents of this ‘chat’ included allegedly hard evidence of long-running bribery and corruption at the cost of his Kurdish people. In essence, Soleimani and Iran’s senior intelligence personnel said, Masoud Barzani and his son, Masrour (then de facto head of the KRG’s intelligence services and now prime minister) had stolen 28 per cent of all of the KRG’s entire oil export stock.

The resulting funds had then allegedly been ultimately deposited in an account in a bank in Northern Cyprus under the name of Masrour’s then-mistress, who, Iran said, was connected to Russia’s SVR [the Sluzhba vneshney razvedki foreign intelligence agency of Russia]. Shortly after this chat, Russian oil behemoth, Rosneft, signed a deal that basically gave it control over the KRI’s oil industry and Masoud Barzani announced that he would be stepping down as President and leaving frontline politics altogether.Related: U.S. Is Now Largest Oil… And Gas Producer In The World

Now, though, Iran’s view has shifted to one in which it is deemed necessary for the time being to be more helpful towards the KRG and, in so doing, put pressure on the FGI in Baghdad. “In recent weeks, Baghdad has become a lot more open to the idea – at least overtly – of increased U.S. involvement in Iraq,” said the Iran source. “It may just be purely for show, of course, designed to get Exxon[Mobil] back to its previous commitment to build-out the [CSSP] and to get more money out of the U.S. for various development projects but Iran can’t afford to take any chances with its neighbour falling back into the U.S. sphere of influence, so it is using the KRG problem as leverage to keep Baghdad on side,” he added.

Iran’s other motive for this volte-face in siding with the KRG is to keep its own very sizable and vocal Kurdish population (around 9 per cent of the total) away from any broader-based move to support independence for the entire 30 million or so Kurdish population scattered across Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria.

“The 2017 vote in the KRG stoked the already separatist-minded Kurds dispersed across the borders towards finally gaining their own independent state, as would have originally occurred back in 1920 with the referendum promised in the ‘Treaty of Sèvres’,” said the Iran source. “This was again promised by the U.S. as the reward for Kurdistan’s Peshmerga army taking on the boots-on-the-ground fight with Islamic State when it was clear that the voters in the U.S., U.K., and the rest of Europe had no interest in sending large numbers of their own soldiers to the Middle East again,” he added.

Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, had also viewed the KRG referendum result with a similar degree of horror at the time - around 18% of its population being Kurds in the east of the country – and threatened to invade the northern part of Iraq in which Kurdistan is situated.

As it stands, the deal that the KRG does not accept looks like a very bad one from Kurdistan’s perspective. Rather than the previous 17 per cent share of the FGI’s budget in exchange for a full quota of oil coming from the KRG, the offer from Baghdad was for just 12.67 per cent. Baghdad said this figure was more in line with the percentage population of the KRG area in Iraq’s as a whole.

In response, OilPrice.com understands from various sources in Iraqi Kurdistan, the KRG has increased the volumes of oil that it is shipping and selling illegally as far as Baghdad is concerned, although the actual legal position is debatable. According to the KRG, it has authority under Articles 112 and 115 of the Iraq Constitution to man­age oil and gas in the Kurdistan Region extracted from fields that were not in production in 2005 - the year that the Constitution was adopted by referendum. Baghdad, however, believes that under Article 111 of the Constitution, oil and gas are under the ownership of all the people of Iraq in all the regions and governorates.Related: Shale’s Dark Side: Methane Emissions Are Soaring

As such, privately, Baghdad has told the KRG that it may start to bring legal action against the KRG’s independent sales of oil again, much of which is sent to China and Israel, and to oil-needy Eastern European states, such as Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo, among others, OilPrice.com understands. The last shipment of oil to leave the KRG was going East (to China, specifically), and was sold for US$69 million, OilPrice.com was told last week. Such actions are par for the course with Baghdad, particularly at times when it is looking to make a new deal with the KRG on budget payments for oil.

Back on May 23, 2014, just before the original deal was reached, SOMO filed an arbitration claim with the International Chamber of Commerce claiming: “By transporting and storing crude oil from Kurdistan, and by loading that crude oil onto a tanker in Ceyhan, all without the authorisation of the Iraqi Ministry of Oil, Turkey and [Turkey’s state owned pipeline operator] BOTAS have breached their obligations under the Iraq-Turkey Pipeline Agreement [ITP].” Baghdad also initiated proceedings against the oil tanker United Kalavrvata in respect of its Kurdish oil cargo on July 28, 2014 in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas, whereupon an order was initially made in favour of SOMO and U.S. Marshalls were instructed to take possession of the cargo.

Under the advice of Iran, the KRG is now offering as a starting point in the new negotiations with the FGI in Baghdad that the Kurdistan area receives 40% of the revenues for the oil that it sends to the south. Also, the KRG is suggesting an additional sliding scale of further payments to compensate it for the security for the fields that will be provided by the Kurdish Peshmerga. “This would bring the total up to between 55 and 58 per cent for the KRG,” said the Iran source. “Iran has also offered to put some of its own security forces into the KRG area, along with supplying the Peshmerga with 400 Iranian artillery pieces,” he concluded.

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Kurdistan: We are working to prevent the adoption of laws inconsistent with the federal system

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Kurdistan Parliament Speaker Ryawaz Faeq received on Monday British Ambassador to Iraq John Wilkes and British Consul General in Erbil, James Soronte.

The British ambassador pointed out during the meeting, the equality existing in the Kurdistan region between men and women, wishing that women take a greater role in political positions and play a more influential role in the system of government in the region.

He also talked about the attempts of the British Embassy in Baghdad to resolve the outstanding problems between the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government, pointing to the visit of a delegation of British politicians and parliamentarians to the Kurdistan Parliament in order to develop relations between the two sides.

For her part, Riawaz Faeq talked about the agenda of the Kurdistan Parliament for the new legislative chapter based on the programs of parliamentary blocs and the program of the regional government and provide the appropriate legal ground for the government program, indicating that "one of the priorities of the work of parliament is to re-activate the Constitution Writing Committee for the region and carry out comprehensive reforms in cooperation with the regional government All government facilities. "

"In order to provide the political and national ground for the activation of the constitution writing committee, we have begun visits to political parties and parties. Prepared. "

On the relations between the Kurdistan Region and the Government of Baghdad and the Iraqi Council of Representatives, said the President of the Kurdistan Parliament "These relations are going through good conditions at the moment and are witnessing remarkable progress, and that the Kurdistan Parliament supports the regional government in dialogue to resolve all outstanding problems between the parties, and we are also working to develop our relations with Kurdish blocs in the Iraqi Council of Representatives to use our constitutional and legal rights to prevent the adoption of proposed bills that are inconsistent with the constitutional rights and articles and paragraphs of the Constitution and the federal system in Iraq, such as the draft civil service law, as well as appeal to the Federal Court Acts against laws and decisions previously issued that are inconsistent with our constitutional rights and diminish the powers and status of official institutions in the Kurdistan Region, such as the Federal Financial Management Law issued in 2019

At the end of the meeting, the head of the British delegation stressed his support to achieve reforms and take dialogue as a basis for solving the problems between the region and Baghdad, stressing the importance of good relations with the Iraqi side.

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Kurdish Democrat: Kurds began to feel their partnership in the decision after the government of Mahdi

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2019-09-02 | 14:26

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The leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Fian Dakhil, said on Monday that the Kurds "are beginning to feel their partnership in the decision" in the current government headed by Adel Abdul Mahdi, stressing that the Kurdish blocs have a "good" relationship with the rest of the blocs in Baghdad.

"The question of the referendum was a normal one, and we believed that Iraq is the depth of Kurdistan," Dakhil said in an interview with Sumerian television. "There is no Kurdish person on the ground who has no dream of a Kurdish state."

"The referendum of Kurdistan two years ago was not aimed at establishing a state, but was paving the way for it," Dakhil said.

Dakhil stressed, "Our relationship is good with all political blocs and we have no differences with them in Baghdad, we are the backbone of the political process," pointing out that "the next stage will be more prosperous between Erbil and Baghdad."


"We aspire to build a state of institutions under the cooperation between Baghdad and Erbil," Dakhil said, stressing that "Kurdish leaders are very close to resolving the differences between Baghdad and Erbil."

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The Kurdistan Democratic Party: We are beginning to feel our partnership in the political process under the current government

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The leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Fian Dakhil, said on Monday that the Kurds "are beginning to feel their partnership in the decision" in the current government headed by Adel Abdul Mahdi, stressing that the Kurdish blocs have a "good" relationship with the rest of the blocs in Baghdad.

Dakhil said in an interview with "obelisk" that "the subject of the referendum was a normal topic, and we believed that Iraq is the depth of Kurdistan," noting that "no Kurdish person in the land has no dream of the Kurdish state."

"The Kurdistan referendum two years ago was not aimed at establishing a state, but rather paving the way for it," Dakhil said, noting that "the uniqueness of the political decision behind a problem between Baghdad and Erbil, but the Kurds began to feel their involvement in the decision after the Mahdi government.

Dakhil stressed, "Our relationship is good with all political blocs and we have no differences with them in Baghdad, we are the backbone of the political process," pointing out that "the next stage will be more prosperous between Erbil and Baghdad."

"We aspire to build a state of institutions under the cooperation between Baghdad and Erbil," Dakhil said, stressing that "Kurdish leaders are very close to resolving the differences between Baghdad and Erbil."

 

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Parliamentary legal: delivery of oil imports of Kurdistan to Baghdad was characterized by the requirement to pay the debt of the region

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BAGHDAD / Obelisk: A member of the parliamentary legal committee Hussein al-Oqabi, Monday, that the delivery of oil imports of the Kurdistan region to Baghdad was characterized by the requirement to pay the debts of the region, saying that "it is not logical to ask Erbil to pay the salaries of its employees without allowing Baghdad to exercise its authority in the region."

"There is no authority for the federal government in Kurdistan," he said, stressing that "Kurds are part of the social fabric in Iraq."

Al-Oqabi added that "the delivery of Kurdistan's oil imports to Baghdad was characterized by the condition of repaying the region's debts," noting that "Kurdistan received 108 trillion from 2003 to 2016."

"It is not logical for Arbil to ask to pay the salaries of its employees without allowing Baghdad to exercise its authority in the provinces of Kurdistan," he said.

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A member of the parliamentary legal committee Hussein al-Oqabi, Monday, that the delivery of oil imports of the Kurdistan region to Baghdad was characterized by the requirement to pay the debts of the region, saying that "it is not logical to ask Erbil to pay the salaries of its employees without allowing Baghdad to exercise its authority in the region."

"There is no authority for the federal government in Kurdistan," he said, stressing that "the Kurds are part of the social fabric in Iraq." 

Al-Oqabi added that "the delivery of Kurdistan's oil imports to Baghdad was characterized by the condition of repaying the region's debts," noting that "Kurdistan received 108 trillion from 2003 to 2016."
 
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Kurdish leadership: the regional government will hand over oil revenues and ports to Baghdad
The leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Rizan Sheikh Delir, an agreement within the Kurdistan Regional Government, to deliver oil revenues and revenues of the border outlets of the federal government in Baghdad.
Daleer said in a press statement, "The relationship now between the governments of Baghdad and Erbil is positive, and it can yield important results. 
She added that "the main Kurdish parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, and the Movement for Change, agreed to strengthen the relationship with Baghdad and end all convulsions and the delivery of oil imports and customs."
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