KRG delegation to visit Baghdad next week, says PM

Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Masrour Barzani chairs a session of Council of Ministers, May 13, 2020.

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Prime Minister Masrour Barzani said on Wednesday that a Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) delegation would visit Baghdad next week.

Barzani said in a tweet following his meeting with diplomats and representatives of foreign countries that a KRG delegation would resume talks with official from the federal government.

“With Baghdad, our goal is to secure a fair budget deal in the interest of the peoples of Kurdistan, Iraq and our public servants, and our delegation will return to Baghdad next week for more talks,” Barzani added.

KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani who led a high-level delegation to Baghdad said in December that Erbil and Baghdad had reached an agreement over the 2021 federal budget bill, approved by the Iraqi Council of Ministers in the same month.

The draft budget law commits the Kurdistan Region to export 250,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) through Baghdad in exchange for the Region’s share of the federal budget, which is set at 12.67%.

Talabani also said in December that the KRG would export 250,000 bpd through Baghdad once the federal budget was adopted by the Iraqi Council of Representatives.

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