KRG delegation reaffirms commitment to solution to Erbil-Baghdad issues

A high-level KRG delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani meets with the political body of Sadrist Movement in Baghdad, February 3, 2021. (KRG)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — A Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) delegation reaffirmed its commitment to a legal and constitutional resolution of issues between Erbil and Baghdad, according to a government’s statement.

The Region’s high-level delegation led by Deputy Premier Qubad Talabani met with the political body of Sadrist movement headed by Nassar al-Rubai in Baghdad on Wednesday, the statement released by the KRG said.

Both sides stressed on a solution to the issues, including the Region’s share of federal budget for 2021, saying that the issues should be resolved through dialogue, law and constitution, the statement read.

“The KRG delegation reiterated its commitment to the legal and constitutional solution, and presented its views on the issues in the budget,” the statement said.

Rubai stressed on a long-term strategic solution to the issues between the Region and the federal government, the KRG stated.

“The Sadrist supports the protection of rights of all parties on the basis of justice,” Rubai was cited as saying.

The delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani visited Baghdad on Sunday to hold talks with Iraqi political leaders and members of Iraqi parliament’s committee of finance.

Despite a series of meetings, the delegation has yet to make a deal with members of the Iraqi Council of Representatives to finalize a deal reached with Iraqi federal government’s officials regarding the Region’s share of the federal budget for 2021.

Talabani and Iraqi Finance Minister Ali Allawi said in December that Erbil and Baghdad had reached an agreement over the 2021 federal budget bill.

The draft budget law commits the Kurdistan Region to hand over 250,000 barrels of oil per day and 50% of non-oil revenue to Baghdad in exchange for the Region’s share of the budget.

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