Historic agreements solve intractable crises between Baghdad and the Kurdistan region
Talks between the federal Iraqi government and the Kurdistan region have recently yielded historic results that will soon see the light, after years of thorny crises over oil, the budget and the payment of debts of no less than 25 billion US dollars.
The writer and political researcher specializing in Kurdish affairs, Kifah Mahmoud, revealed in a special statement to the “Sputnik” correspondent in Iraq, today, Saturday, the entirety of the discussions that took place between the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, and the Kurdistan Regional Government, and the results of the exchange of visits to resolve the outstanding issues after That its solution was impossible during the past years.
Mahmoud shows that the Kurdistan Regional Ministry Council discussed with the region’s president, at the end of last week, the files that were discussed in the visit of the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, last week, on the tenth of this month.
He added that there were many files that Al-Kazemi discussed with the Kurdistan Regional Government, on top of which is oil and the region’s share of the budget, salaries and the disputed areas.
Mahmoud pointed out that a spokesman for the federal government confirmed that the most important outcome of the talks is that the region’s share of oil will be handed over, and this is an important point for the first time identified in the budget for 2021.
He continued, explaining that the region’s share of the exported oil and the value delivered to Baghdad will be fixed in the federal budget, and these agreements will see the light after the 2021 budget is approved.
Mahmoud added, “There are many understandings between Baghdad and Erbil, in the various files that have been talked about, including the file of the border outlets, as Al-Kazemi visited the ports in Dohuk and Sulaymaniyah.”
He revealed, what was leaked, that half of the imports of these outlets will be for the federal government, and the second half for the regional government, as the constitution recognizes this partnership in managing ports.
Mahmoud added, “As for the disputed areas between the center and the region, they are not resolved by visit or by decision, as they have agreed to open coordination centers between the Iraqi forces and the Peshmerga in most areas, starting from Khanaqin in Diyala, Kirkuk and areas of Nineveh such as Sinjar, east and north of the country.”
He suggested that a delegation from the Kurdistan region went to Baghdad to complete these matters, in addition to discussing many other belongings, including the entitlements of companies that extract and export oil.
Mahmoud stated that the benefits claimed by the region amounted to nearly $ 27 billion, most of which are due to oil companies and salaries, and loans and debts owed by the regional government for their sustainability.
He stressed that technical and very serious committees from the Kurdistan region are continuing their discussions under the guidance of the presidents of the Kurdistan region and the federal government.
In the conclusion of his speech, the writer and political researcher specializing in Kurdish affairs says, “This visit moved and activated the work of these committees, and accelerated the dissolution of the salary mechanism, even during the remaining three months of this year. It also calmed down the problematic in the media between the center and the region about salaries and oil.” The region’s share of the oil and the budget … These are most of the discussions.”
The Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, made a visit with a high-level delegation to the Kurdistan region, on the tenth of September, to resolve the outstanding issues before sending the draft federal budget to Parliament for approval.
The President of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, Nechirvan Barzani, and his accompanying delegation visited Baghdad, on Wednesday, September 2, to meet with Iraqi officials and French President Emmanel Macron during his visit to the Iraqi capital. Source