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Erbil-Baghdad Talks Aim to Achieve Favorable Deal for Both: Iraqi PM

The ongoing dialogue between Kurdish Region delegations and the federal government aims to achieve the partnership that Erbil and Baghdad aspire for, said Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

In an interview with Asharq Al Awsat, PM Kadhimi said the current relations between the Kurdistan Region and Iraqi federal government are not what both sides desire based on the Constitution, and that dialogues are ongoing to meet the demands from both sides.

“The ongoing dialogue between Kurdish Region delegations and the federal government aims to achieve the partnership that we aspire for with our brothers in Kurdistan. We want to achieve the goals of the Kurds as we do the goals of Iraqis throughout the country,” the Iraqi premier said.

“The government has helped eliminate differences with the Kurdistan Region. Everything ultimately hinges on what the parliament decides on the budget and other issues,” he explained about the 2021 budget bill that is now waiting for parliament’s approval.

Kadhimi noted that his government believes that meeting commitments in line with the constitution and resolving any dispute with Kurdistan is a primary factor in the recovery of the political life, consolidating stability and defeating terrorism and all other forces that want to harm Iraq.