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KRG-Prime Minister Meets with Iraq’s PM to discuss federal payments

KRG-Prime Minister Meets with Iraq’s PM to discuss federal payments

On Thursday, September 14, 2023, Prime Minister Masrour Barzani held discussions with Mr. Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, the Prime Minister of Federal Iraq.

Joined by KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani and other KRG cabinet members, PM Barzani emphasised the need to address outstanding issues based on the constitution and bilateral agreements. He highlighted that the Kurdistan Region’s financial entitlements and the salaries of its public sector employees shouldn’t be entangled with political disputes. PM Barzani further pointed out that public sector employees in the Kurdistan Region must receive their due salaries promptly.

Moreover, PM Barzani stated that the Kurdistan Region has consistently met its obligations and now expects the Iraqi government to fulfill its commitments.

Prime Minister al-Sudani expressed a willingness to resolve the outstanding matters within the constitutional and legal parameters. He called for political support from the concerned parties to address these challenges.

Lastly, PM Barzani noted that Iraq possesses abundant human and natural resources, suggesting that with optimal governance and a conducive environment, these could lead to significant development and a brighter future for the country.

The KRG Prime Minister released the following statement after his trip:

“I am pleased to announce that our efforts to defend the rights of the people of the Kurdistan Region and our agreement with Prime Minister Mohamed Shia Al Sudani have been successful. This has been made possible through the resilience of the Kurdistani people.

“This new deal guarantees that our citizens will receive their salaries in full and on time. Thank you to the resilient Kurdistanis for your continued patience and faith in your government.

“I thank President Masoud Barzani for his support and guidance in overcoming the obstacles, and I also thank the role and support of the President of the Kurdistan Region, Kak Nechirvan, in assisting and facilitating negotiations with the federal government.

“I extend my gratitude to the Iraqi political parties who supported us, as well as to the political parties of the Kurdistan Region and the Kurdistani factions in the federal parliament who unanimously supported and agreed to secure the rights of the people of the Kurdistan Region to receive their rightful payments.

“I also want to express my appreciation to the KRG delegation for their continuous and tireless efforts and their commitment to this solemn responsibility in fulfilling this difficult duty and succeeding.

“We will continue to serve our beloved citizens and prevent any targeted efforts to undermine the stability of the Kurdistan Region.”

Prime Minister Barzani also met with the following officials during his trip to Baghdad:
Abdul Latif Rashid, President of the Federal Republic of Iraq. Read original article
Mohammed Al-Halbousi, Speaker of the Council of Representatives of Iraq. Read original article
Ammar al-Hakim, leader of the Iraqi National Wisdom Movement. Read original article
Nouri al-Maliki, leader of the State of Law Coalition. Read original article
Hadi al-Amiri, head of the Fatah Alliance. Read original article
Falih Al-Fayyadh, head of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) Read original article
Top Iraqi Political Party Leaders. Read original article

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