Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani revealed on Saturday
his desire to start a new beginning domestically and internationally.
He pointed out that the economic burden has become unbearable, stressing that the future of the region is linked to a secure, democratic Iraq.
"After 16 years of unrest in Iraq and five years of brutal war against the terrorist organization ISIS, the enemy that has endangered humanity, we have embarked on a new journey towards building a stronger Kurdistan," Barzani said.
"The next four years will be our deadline. In the KRG, we look forward to overcoming the recent hurdles, strengthening our position in the region, and ensuring our presence on the international scene," he added. "In short, we want to start a new beginning."
"The battle against ISIS, which we went through on behalf of the whole world, has done damage to the economy," he said.
"The cost of war, the reduction of the budget by the federal government in Baghdad, and the mass exodus to our lands have left us billions of dollars in debt," Barzani stated.
"We have governed ourselves mainly for much of that time, without spoiling our relationship with Baghdad," Barzani said. "We got a share of the Iraqi budget by agreement, but allocations are rarely fully delivered."
"The time has come for a constructive and more stable partnership with Baghdad, " he added. "As prime minister, last week I held my first visit to Baghdad and met with Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi, where we discussed my proposals to resolve our disputes over oil, territory, budgets and the role of our armed forces."