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After a call with Al-Kazemi .. Kurdistan announces the solution to the employees salaries crisis “within days”

The Kurdistan Regional Government representative in Baghdad, Fares Issa, revealed, today, Monday, the existence of continuous contacts between the region’s head of government, Masroor Barzani, and Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, to solve the problem of the salaries of the region’s employees.

Issa said to Shafaq News, “It is assumed that the salaries of employees of the Kurdistan Region will be disbursed during the coming days, after resolving the legal issues in this matter according to the opinion of Baghdad, and we are optimistic about the dialogues and contacts that take place between Baghdad and Erbil.”

And the Kurdistan Democratic Party announced, yesterday, Sunday, that a delegation from the Kurdistan Region will travel during this week to visit Baghdad to resolve several files, most notably the general budget and salaries.

The delegation of the Kurdistan Regional Government held two rounds of discussions with the Iraqi government during the past month and the beginning of this month, as well as consultations with leaders and officials of Iraqi political parties on resolving the outstanding differences between Baghdad and Erbil.

The visit came days after the Iraqi government cut the salaries of employees of the Kurdistan Region after it said that the region had not fulfilled its obligations in the financial budget represented by the delivery of  250  thousand barrels of oil per day to the federal government.

The agreement includes the delivery of the Kurdistan Region, the amount of  250  thousand barrels per day of oil to the Federal Government in return for handing Baghdad a share of about  13  percent of the budget to the region in addition to the salaries of employees and peshmerga.

There are pending issues between the two sides for many years, chief among them the disputed territories, how to manage oil wealth, the budget of the Peshmerga forces, and others. Source