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During a contact with Barzani .. Al-Kazemi decides to send 320 billion dinars to Erbil

On Saturday, the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi decided to send an amount of 320 billion dinars to Erbil as part of the salaries of Kurdistan Region employees.

This came in a phone call with the head of the regional government, Masrour Barzani, according to a statement issued by the regional government.

The statement received by Shafaq News stated that Al-Kazemi and Barzani discussed the differences and outstanding issues between Baghdad and Erbil, and agreed on the main frameworks for their solution.

The statement added, “It was emphasized that the constitution is the basis for resolving all disputes, and the specificity of the Kurdistan Region and the interests of all Iraqi components must be taken into account.”

The two sides stressed, according to the statement, the need to “move forward in negotiations to complete the results that emerged from them over the past months.”

He added that it was decided to send an amount of 320 billion dinars as part of the salaries from Baghdad to the Kurdistan region, according to the current financial conditions in Iraq and as soon as possible.

The Kurdistan Regional Government had expressed, on Wednesday, its deep dissatisfaction with Baghdad’s failure to pay the salaries of the region’s employees, despite Erbil’s approval of all its conditions.

And Erbil accused the federal government of stalling in concluding an agreement on the pending differences between the two sides for years, especially those related to the fiscal and oil budget files.

The Federal Ministry of Finance responded by accusing Erbil of not showing flexibility in the file of the border crossings and non-oil revenues.

And Baghdad proceeded to cut the salaries of the region’s employees last April, after the government then led by Adel Abdul Mahdi said that Erbil had not fulfilled its budgetary obligations to deliver 250 thousand barrels of oil to the federal government, which denied the provincial government’s health.

Over the past few months, the two sides have been engaged in intensive discussions to reach an agreement to resolve the outstanding issues. Source