Meeting between KRG delegation and Iraqi officials was ‘positive’, says MP

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi supervise a meeting between KRG delegation led by Deputy Premier Qubad Talabani (R) and Iraqi parliament’s financial committee in Baghdad, December 12, 2020.

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — A meeting between a delegation from the Kurdistan Region and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi as well as Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi was “positive”, a lawmaker said on Saturday.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani and Iraqi parliament’s financial delegation held a meeting supervised by Kadhimi and Halbousi in Baghdad on Saturday.

“The meeting between the Iraqi parliament’s financial delegation and the KRG delegation was positive,” lawmaker Hoshyar Abdulla said.

“The Region has showed readiness to abide by the fiscal deficit financing law, in exchange for the financial entitlements for the last months of 2020,” he added.

Earlier on Saturday, Kadhimi’s office said the Iraqi and Kurdish officials discussed mechanisms for the implementation of the fiscal deficit financing law.

The law, adopted by the Iraqi parliament last month, without Kurds consent, commits the Kurdistan Region to hand over non-oil revenues and an amount of oil that SOMO indicates to the federal government in exchange for an amount of money as payment for the Region’s public servants.

The KRG delegation visited Baghdad on Wednesday to show the Kurdistan Region’s readiness to abide by the fiscal deficit financing act, known as the loan law, and to reach a deal with Baghdad regarding the Region’s share of the federal budget law for 2021.

Iraqi President Barham Salih met with Kadhimi, Iraqi Finance Minister Ali Allawi and Oil Minister Ihsan Abduljabbar in Baghdad on Friday night.

Esta Media Network has learned that the four officials discussed an agreement between the Kurdistan Region and the federal government.

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