[size=45][You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]A spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Government, Jotyar Adel, said today, Wednesday, that the government is working to pay the salaries of the region's employees as soon as possible, and that a government delegation will visit Baghdad next week, stressing at the same time the government's readiness to hand over all data to the federal government.[/size]
Jotiar Adel's comments came during a press conference held today in the capital of the Kurdistan Region, Erbil.
Adel stated that "a government delegation will visit the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Saturday or Sunday next week," stressing the regional government's willingness to hand over all data to the government in Baghdad.
Adel added, "We do not seek to enter into any political conflicts, and we are working to secure the salaries of the region’s employees as quickly as possible and pay them on time."
As for the agreement between the region and the federal government, Adel indicated that joint coordination rooms have been formed in several regions, and that Peshmerga officers are present in the coordination rooms with employees of the Iraqi Ministry of Defense.
Adel described the agreement as a "good step" that would reduce the movements of ISIS and reduce its operations and attacks in those areas.
The Vice President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Qubad Talabani, confirmed on Monday that the technical talks between Erbil and Baghdad have not stopped and are still continuing, and indicated that a government delegation will travel to Baghdad soon to discuss the implementation of the Federal Budget Law for 2021.
Last March, the Iraqi parliament succeeded in approving most of the articles of the federal budget for 2021, especially the region’s share, after disagreements and negotiations that spanned for many months. In the following month, the President approved the bill, to enter into force.
The budget amounted to 164.4 trillion dinars (about 112 billion dollars), and a fiscal deficit of 63 trillion dinars (about 43 billion dollars).
There are still pending technical issues that include the doors of law enforcement throughout Iraq, especially with regard to the Kurdistan Region, as many officials say.
The spokesman for the regional government called on both Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) to keep their conflicts away from the territory of the region, stressing that the Kurdistan Region rejects these battles on its territory, indicating that the responsibility rests with the Baghdad government to solve this issue.
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