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Halbousi says ties between Baghdad, Erbil ‘much better than before’

Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi

Parliament Speaker has hailed the ties between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Region saying they are improving.

“The relationship between Baghdad and Kurdistan is much, much better than it used to be before,” Mohamed al-Halbousi said during his speech at the US Institute of Peace in Washington (USIP) on Friday.

“Since 2014, every year we had problems with the federal budget,” Halbousi said, indicating to that year, when ISIS seized one-third of Iraq.

Regarding the 2017 attack by Iraqi military on Kirkuk and the disputed areas, Halbousi said they are now under Iraqi control, but they have had no reconstruction aid from Baghdad.

“These people are suffering,” Halbousi said, “because they have not received anything.”

Asked about the implementation of Article 140, Halbousi said that it was first necessary for the next Kurdistan Regional Government to be determined. Then, “hopefully, before 2020,” both sides will deal with the issue.

Last Modified: Saturday، 30 March 2019 04:54 PM