Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi has issued Tuesday his first warning to the Kurdistan region in case it fails to meet its commitment in delivering oil to the federal government in exchange for salaries and other financial benefits based on the 2019 state budget, a Kurdish figure said.
In remarks on Tuesday, Jwan Ihsan, head of the PUK bloc in the House of Representatives, said that Abd al-Mahdi met in Baghdad with heads of the Kurdistan parliamentary blocs.
“The PM informed us that based on the state budget bill, Baghdad should curtail future budget transfers to the region if it fails to meet its obligations under the budget law to send oil to the Iraqi capital,” Ihsan told Asharq Al-Awsat. “The PM promised that the transfers would be made in line with the law,” Ihsan explained.
In related news, head of the oil and energy parliamentary committee Haibat al-Halbousi said that the PM issued his warning after being pressured by committee members.
“We cannot stay silent and wait, particularly that an agreement was reached under the new budget law to exchange oil in return of delivering benefits,” he said.