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Baghdad delegation visits Erbil to discuss outstanding issues

Baghdad delegation visits Erbil to discuss outstanding issues
Baghdad delegation, headed by Mahdi Al-Alaq, Secretary-General of the Iraqi Council of Ministers, has visited Kurdistan Region to discuss the outstanding issues, Iraqi Prime minister Haider al-Abadi's spokesman Saad al-Hadithi said on Thursday.

He added that Baghdad delegation has held meetings with the Kurdish officials, including Kurdish Interior Minister Karim Sinjari.

They discussed several issues, including the airports, borders, oil, and water dams.

Both sides made recommendations to end Erbil-Baghdad crisis.

They agreed to solve these issues according to the Iraqi constitution, which stated that the Federal government in Baghdad has the sovereign right over Iraqi territory, including Kurdistan.  

In return, the Region will guarantee the rights of Kurds, concerning the payment of the overdue salaries to the employees of the airports and border. 

Hadithi confirmed that five meetings have been held to discuss security, borders, airports, and oil issues.

An agreement in principle was reached between Baghdad and Erbil to reopen airports in Kurdistan region on Jan 25 according to a Kurdish source.

Kurdistan Regional Government said it is ready to cooperate with the Iraqi government to manage airports in Erbil and Suleimanyah.

Earlier, the Kurdish lawmakers rejected the draft as the first draft of Iraq’s federal budget for 2018, approved by the government, envisions slashing the Kurdish region’s share from 17% to 12.7% of the total.

The cut is one of several “punitive” constitutional measures that followed the Sept. 25 Kurdish referendum on independence. 

Those measures also saw Baghdad seize control of disputed areas, border crossings and air bases, and demand that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) transfer taxes and other public revenues to the central government.

Last Modified: Thursday، 18 January 2018 10:47 AM