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06-09-2020 03:55 PM
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Baghdad / Al-Akhbariya

The leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Ghayath Al-Surji, said today, Sunday, that a comprehensive signature between the governments of Baghdad and Erbil will be made to solve all outstanding problems, while indicating that a Kurdish delegation led by Qubad Talabani will visit Baghdad next Tuesday.

"The Kurdish delegation was supposed to visit Baghdad today, but the visit of the deputy head of the regional government, Qubad Talabani, to Baghdad has been postponed because the parties in the capital are busy with some issues, and the Kurdish delegation will travel next Tuesday," Surji told Al-Akhbariya.

He added that "there are prior understandings between Baghdad and Erbil regarding the final agreement on the budget and staff salaries, and all these outstanding problems may end with the signing of a comprehensive agreement between the two parties."

Surji pointed out that "selling oil and facilitating the supply of electricity to the provinces outside the region are the most prominent files that will be raised during the upcoming upcoming meetings."

Political sources confirmed that there are advanced understandings between the government of Baghdad and the regional government, but the only obstacle is the failure to deliver oil imports to Baghdad to Kurdistan while the Kurds demand their full budget, and on the other hand Kurdish parties doubt that the salaries of Kurdish employees do not reach them or may reach them incomplete every forty Days.

 
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To complete the talks ... a Kurdish delegation is visiting Baghdad this week
  
{Baghdad: Al Furat News} It is scheduled that the Kurdistan government delegation headed by Qubad Talabani, deputy head of the regional government, will head this week to the capital, Baghdad, to resume talks on the outstanding problems.

"The delegation of the Kurdistan Regional Government, headed by Qubad Talabani, will head to Baghdad this week within the framework of ongoing discussions on the outstanding problems between Erbil and Baghdad," said the spokesman for the deputy prime minister, Samir Hawrami.

He added: "The visit comes prior to preparing the draft fiscal budget for 2021 and the financial dues for the Kurdistan region in the budget."

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Qubad Talabani in Baghdad to solve problems with the federal government

 
 Baghdad - Erbil: Sundus Abdel Wahab 
 
Politicians described the visit of the President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani to Baghdad and Turkey as successful, and is in the interest of Baghdad and the region, while the Kurdistan Regional Government announced that a high-level delegation headed by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region, Qubad Talabani, will arrive in the coming days to the capital, Baghdad, in order to complete the discussions that were held at a specific time. Previous and solve the outstanding problems between the Baghdad government and the region.
The official spokesman for the region’s deputy prime minister, Samir Hawrami, said in an interview with “Al-Sabah”: “The visit, which was scheduled for today and postponed for the coming days, comes in order to complete the discussions on matters, obstacles, and outstanding problems between the two governments regarding the budget file and the region’s share of the budget. the public".
He added that «the federal government is in the process of formulating a draft budget for 2021, and we aim, through continuous meetings and meetings, to fix the financial dues for the region in the draft general budget before sending it to the Iraqi parliament and approving it. .
Hawrami indicated that «the outstanding problems with the federal government include political and legal problems, and in the political affairs, there is a movement and convergence of views on the part of the two parties to deal with them and reach a consensus and a solution to them. With regard to legal problems, the regional government is bound by the constitution and the provisions it contains regarding the region in terms of the budget and the issue of oil, as well as issues related to the crossings and border crossings ».
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The differences of the Democratic Party and the Kurdistan Nationalist postpone the visit of the Kurdish delegation to Baghdad

 

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Baghdad Today - Special The political differences between the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union in the Kurdistan region have returned to the fore again, which caused the delay of the visit of the Kurdish delegation that was scheduled to arrive in Baghdad on Sunday. A member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Mahmoud Khoshnaw, said that "the differences raised by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan are for the sake of citizens' issues and its refusal to continue to deduct the salaries of employees in Kurdistan and its demand to deliver salaries within the specified period." Khoshnaw added during an interview with (Baghdad Today), "The economic conditions have greatly improved after the recovery of global oil prices, the opening of all closed border crossings, and the return of commercial activity, which contributed to increasing the region’s revenues, as well as sending the central government in Baghdad to $ 320 billion. Dinars per month. " He added that "the territorial government is required to follow transparency by distributing salaries to employees, informing them of the volume of revenues that the regional government receives monthly, and distributing salaries to the beneficiaries on a regular basis." On the other hand, an informed source said that the differences between the two Korean parties caused the postponement of the Kurdish delegation's visit to Baghdad, which was scheduled to take place yesterday. The source said in an interview with (Baghdad Today), "The visit will be determined after the cabinet meeting in the region, due to the existing differences between representatives of the Kurdish parties to participate in this visit." He added, "The Movement for Change in Kurdistan has threatened to withdraw its ministers from the government in the event that this was not the last president of Baghdad and to end all outstanding problems between the two parties." In addition, the Kurdish street continues to boil over, due to the poor economic conditions and delayed payment of salaries, while the vulnerable parties have guided them to the streets through large and massive demonstrations calling for the improvement of the Kurdish reality in general.

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KRG Delegation to Visit Baghdad on Tuesday after Rescheduling Meeting

 Basnews English   2020/09/07 - 20:28  Kurdistan 

ERBIL — A high-level delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is set to visit Baghdad on Tuesday, 8th September.

The delegation, led by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, was previously scheduled to arrive in the Iraqi capital last Sunday.

Samir Hawrami, a spokesperson for Talabani’s office, told Kurdistan 24 that the Kurdish delegation is hoping to resolve the disputes with the federal government over budget and oil.

This will be the first meeting between Erbil and Baghdad after Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi visited Washington last month, where he was encouraged to urgently resolve the disputes with the Kurdistan Region.

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Editing date: 9/7/2020 19:11 • 123 times read
The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP): The coming period will witness the solution of all problems between Baghdad and Erbil
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Deputy of the Kurdistan Democratic Party Mahdi Abdul-Karim, on Monday, suggested that the coming period will witness the solution of all outstanding problems between Baghdad and Erbil.
And Abdul Karim explained, "a specialized delegation headed by the deputy head of the regional government will visit Baghdad to lay down the mechanisms for all the articles that have been agreed to develop working mechanisms and suggested solutions for them."
He pointed out that "the Kurdistan Regional Government does not have any problem, and that it has a sincere intention to solve all problems whose continuation does not harm the interest of the region or the center." A decisive solution to all outstanding problems between the two parties, "explaining that" all outstanding problems will be solved during the coming period. "
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A high-level delegation from the Kurdistan region of Iraq will visit the capital, Baghdad, tomorrow, Tuesday, to resolve the outstanding problems between the center and Erbil, after positive discussions between the two sides previously conducted.

The writer and political researcher specializing in Kurdish affairs, Kifah Mahmoud, confirmed in a special statement to "Sputnik" correspondent in Iraq, today, Monday, September 7, that a delegation headed by Qubad Jalal Talabani, Vice President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, is visiting Baghdad tomorrow, to resolve the outstanding issues. Between the center and the region.

 

 

 

Mahmoud explained that the talks of the President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani , with the Iraqi Prime Minister, on the second of this month in Baghdad, were positive, describing Al-Kazemi seriously in following up on resolving all outstanding problems between Baghdad and Erbil, and therefore he invited a delegation from the region that He visits Baghdad to negotiate.

 

He added, the delegation was scheduled to visit Baghdad on Monday, but the visit was postponed until tomorrow, Tuesday, due to the visit of the Speaker of Parliament, Muhammad al-Halbousi, to the region.

 

Mahmoud pointed out that the region’s delegation includes the ministers of finance, oil and planning and a number of experts, headed by Talabani, the deputy prime minister of the regional government, and with him two basic files to solve two problems:

The first is the new federal budget that must be submitted to Parliament by the government after its completion, and the second is to solve the issue of employees ’salaries in the region in order that they are not subject to political tenders, and the employee does not remain concerned about the delay in salary disbursement and its cut by the center.

 

Mahmoud said, there was a technical delegation that included experts from the Ministry of Finance, from the Kurdistan region in Baghdad, to discuss the International Monetary Fund’s proposal that the budget is every 3 years, not every year.

 

The writer and political researcher specializing in Kurdish affairs suggested that the technical delegation from the Kurdistan region had discussed, on the sidelines of its visit to Baghdad, the region’s delegation’s preparations, and in light of the positive atmosphere that prevailed in the talks between the region’s president and the cabinet, Mustafa al-Kazimi, an invitation was extended to a delegation to visit Baghdad tomorrow .

 

The President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Nechirvan Barzani, and his accompanying delegation visited Baghdad, Wednesday, September 2, to meet with French President Emmanel Macron during his visit to the Iraqi capital.

 

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discuss the International Monetary Fund’s proposal that the budget is every 3 years, not every year.

 

This makes total sense, as it could not possibly be done every single year. I thought American politics was brutal before I started learning of the Iraqi politics. Sheesh! 

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Erbil wants a 'once and for all' budget agreement with Baghdad: KRG representative

05-09-2020
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The entrance to the Iraqi parliament building in Baghdad on September 5, 2020. Photo: Rudaw

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) delegation will be looking for a long-lasting agreement when it visits the federal government in Baghdad this week to secure the Kurdish share in Iraq's 2021 budget draft, a KRG representative said on Saturday.

"Kurdistan wants a once and for all agreement based on the Iraqi constitution," KRG representative to Baghdad Faris Issa told Rudaw. "The rights of the people of the Kurdistan Region should be given and secured as stipulated in the constitution,” Issa said.

"There is certainly hope, there is a pure intention, there is will between the two sides. The preparation of the budget bill is also a step and an opportunity to reach an agreement.”

Iraqi finance minister Ali Allawi told Rudaw on Monday that a “senior and important” KRG delegation would visit Baghdad "either this week or next week” to resolve any outstanding issues there may be in the 2021 Iraqi budget draft. The delegation is set to be led by KRG deputy prime minister Qubad Talabani.

A lower-level KRG delegation, including deputy planning minister Zagros Fatah and head of the finance ministry's budget department Parikhan Nuri, arrived in Baghdad on August 30 to participate in 2021 budget draft preparations.

Mahmoud Abu Risha, a member of the Iraqi parliament's Sairoon bloc, told Rudaw on Saturday that oil export and revenue are the main points of contention between Erbil and Baghdad, with the Kurdistan Region having failed to adhere to an agreement with Baghdad which includes turning over 250,000 barrels of oil a day to Iraq’s State Organization for the Marketing of Oil (SOMO), a state-owned oil company.

"The solution is to hold negotiations between the KRG and the central government, and a law should be issued by both sides that prevent both Erbil and Baghdad from violating the agreement,” Abu Risha said.

The KRG's share of the Iraqi federal budget is a chronic point of contention between Erbil and Baghdad. The Kurdistan Region is heavily dependent on its share of the Iraqi budget, and Kurdish officials have said they cannot pay civil servants without what it says is its fair share of federal government money.

The KRG delegation visits to Baghdad come after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last month that he had urged the Iraqi federal government to “clinch a budget deal” with the KRG.

Pompeo's comment followed KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi's announcement last month that they had reached a temporary deal, in which Baghdad will 
send 320 billion dinars ($270 million) monthly to Erbil for the KRG to pay its civil servants.

Before the August agreement between premiers Barzani and Kadhimi, Baghdad had not sent funds since April, worsening the KRG's failure to pay complete and full public sector employee salaries this year.

KRG public sector employees have taken to the streets over delays in salary payments. Demonstrations and strikes calling on the KRG's current cabinet to resign have occurred several times in Sulaimani province, while protests by teachers in May over delayed pay in Duhok were shut down.

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Baghdad to keep sending Erbil 320 billion dinars monthly until 2021 budget approval: KRG official

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Vehicles move through Baghdad's Green Zone on September 24, 2019. Photo: Hadi Mizban / AP

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Baghdad has agreed to continue sending 320 billion dinars (around $268 million) a month to Erbil to cover half of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) employee salary payments until either the end of 2020 or when Iraqi parliament approves a 2021 budget, a senior KRG official told Rudaw's Sangar Abdulrahman.

The official, who spoke to Rudaw on the condition of anonymity, will be a member of a high-level KRG delegation set to visit Baghdad this week.

"The KRG will receive 320 billion Iraqi dinars from Baghdad until the end of this year,” the Kurdish official told Rudaw on Saturday.

“If Baghdad approves the 2021 budget and includes the KRG's share, then the 320 billion will be stopped and the KRG will instead start to receive its agreed share of the 2021 budget,” he added.

Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region Masrour Barzani and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi announced last month that they had reached a temporary deal, in which Baghdad would send Erbil 
320 billion dinars a month so that the KRG could pay its civil servants for August, September, and October.

Before the August agreement between premiers Barzani and Kadhimi, Baghdad had not sent funds since April, worsening the KRG's failure to pay complete and full public sector employee salaries this year.

KRG public sector employees have taken to the streets over delays in salary payments. Demonstrations and strikes calling on the KRG's current cabinet to resign have occurred several times in Sulaimani province, while protests by teachers over delayed pay in Duhok in May were shut down.

The delegation will be looking for a "once and for all" budget agreement when it visits the federal government in Baghdad this week to secure the Kurdish share in Iraq's 2021 budget draft, Faris Issa, KRG representative to Baghdad told Rudaw on Saturday.

Erbil and Baghdad have met multiple times to resolve budget disagreements to little avail, each blaming the other in 
a public war of words.

Sherwan Dubardani, a Kurdish MP in Iraqi parliament
 told Iraqi state media on Sunday that political tensions between Erbil and Baghdad should not affect salary payments for Kurdistan Region public servants.

“We hope, through the [KRG] delegation’s visit, to reach an agreement in order to fix the provision of the KRG’s federal budget share and entitlements, so that these problems do not reoccur, and that the issue of the budget and employees’ salaries in the Region will in the future be kept apart from the political issues of the Region and the federal government,” Dubardani said.

Control of oil revenues has long been a thorny issue between Erbil and Baghdad. The KRG has operated an independent oil and gas sector since 2006 and later began exporting its oil to the international market via a pipeline through Turkey.

Years of tensions over the independent oil sales came to a head in 2014 when then-Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki suspended the Kurdistan Region’s share of the federal budget – leaving hundreds of thousands of public sector employees with unpaid salaries.

That same year, the Peshmerga took control of security in the disputed territory of Kirkuk, allowing the KRG to also seize control of the province’s bountiful oilfields.

When Iraqi forces retook the area in October 2017, the KRG lost around half of its oil revenues, compelling the government to suspend exports via Turkey for several months.

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