Expectations to conclude a comprehensive and final agreement between Baghdad and Erbil this week
Revealed the Parliamentary Finance Committee decision, Ahmed al – Saffar, on Sunday ,, that a delegation from the Kurdistan region will visit Baghdad this week, noting that” the negotiating paper includes discussion on all outstanding issues where the two parties working seriously to conclude a final and comprehensive settlement. ”
He said Al-Saffar in a televised statement, followed by “Al-Akhbaria”, “The date of the delegation’s visit is related to the government’s decision, but it is assumed that the visit will take place during this week, because this last opportunity and only 8 days remain before the end of the date previously set to reach an agreement, indicating that the meetings will be held with ministries Finance, planning and oil to resolve differences within one package. ”
He explained: “In our last meeting with the Ministers of Finance and Planning and the Central Bank during their hosting in Parliament last Wednesday, they asked the House of Representatives to agree to foreign and domestic borrowing, and when I asked about the share of the Kurdistan region, the response was that this matter does not include Kurdistan, and that it must be addressed through Concluding a separate agreement, and indicated that the two parties prepared their papers and would meet during this week to reach the agreement, and they were optimistic about the possibility of reaching an agreement.
He continued that the negotiating paper includes all areas, including oil, employees, customs, issues mentioned in the constitution and the Financial Management Law No. 6 of 2019, to determine the competence of each party, stating: “If the debts in respect of each side are calculated in the interest of the other, then this will create a problem and will not lead us to any As a result, so they decided not to go back, but to start again, and the two parties are working hard to conclude a final and comprehensive settlement. ”
He stressed that “these meetings will not be the first of its kind. Rather, since the beginning of the formation of the government, the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masroor Barzani, visited Baghdad and expressed his readiness to solve the differences. The delegation also visited the Iraqi capital several times, and there reached very good agreements signed by the two parties but The resignation of the previous government and the outbreak of protests prevented its implementation, “explaining:” Therefore, the delegations of Baghdad and Erbil will meet this week to conclude the final agreement, given that the Iraqi government asked the Kurdistan Regional Government to provide some data and information, which was approved by the Kurdistan Region, and I believe that This upcoming visit is sufficient to reach a final result. ”
In response to a question about the date of sending the Kurdistan region’s share of the budget, Al-Saffar stated that “Iraq is currently unable to pay the salaries of its employees, as the operating expense is 6 trillion and 500 billion, while the current revenues do not exceed 2 trillion and 500 billion, meaning that the deficit reaches 4 trillion.” Source