Kurdish source reveals details of “final agreement” between Erbil and Baghdad on the 2020 budget
Baghdad Today – Baghdad: An informed Kurdish source revealed on Friday, November 22, 2019, the details of the “ final agreement ” between the Kurdistan region and the central government on the 2020 budget.
The source told (Baghdad today), “a delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government, headed by the Minister of the region, Khalid Shwani will visit Baghdad mid next week, to discuss the agreement with Baghdad on the region’s share of the budget and financial situation between Baghdad and Erbil.”
He added that “there is a preliminary agreement to deliver 250 thousand barrels of oil to Baghdad in return for the federal government pledged to pay the salaries of employees full salaries of the Peshmerga in addition to the delivery of Arbil 13% of the budget and the province will deliver daily oil and revenue crossings to the government.”
He pointed out that “Baghdad is waiting for the signing of the final agreement with the region for the government to send the budget to parliament.”
Hassan Ali, a PUK MP, said Tuesday (19 November 2019) that negotiations between Baghdad and Erbil would resume next week.
Ali said in an interview with (Baghdad today) that “the lack of agreement between Baghdad and Erbil to approve the draft budget in 2020 because the Council of Ministers is waiting for agreement between the parties on the proportion of the region.”
He added, “The dialogues that were postponed due to the demonstrations will be resumed next week for the purpose of allowing the government to send the draft budget to parliament to vote on it as soon as possible so that the government can implement the demands of the demonstrators.”
He pointed out that “will be a discussion on the share of the region and the continued distribution of salaries and dialogue on the delivery of Erbil to the oil receivables in return for Baghdad’s commitment to implement the financial commitments made.”
Negotiations on budget issues, oil deliveries and the participation of people in the disputed areas in the upcoming elections were interrupted after demonstrations broke out in Baghdad and a number of central and southern provinces in early October, which forced negotiations and dialogues between Baghdad and Erbil to stop several times.