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Shafaq News/ The Iraqi Prime Minister, Muhammad Shia' al-Sudani confirmed, on Monday, that the Kurdistan Region was forced to contract with oil companies during 2014 due to the lack of a budget, pointing out that these contracts contain "unfairness and extortion".
Al-Sudani told Al-Muqabalah program on the Qatari Al-Jazeera channel that his government "has reached an agreement with Erbil and it was included in the budget law," explaining that "the oil and gas law will regulate the relationship with Erbil, as well as many provinces, and will be legislated within 6 months or more." ".
He pointed out that "some oil companies blackmailed the Kurdistan Region," considering that "the region was forced to go to decades in which there is a kind of acquiescence and clear injustice, and it reached the point of extortion, especially during the period of the war against ISIS in 2014 and the suspension of the budget, which forced things to go along."
He added that "the budget will end these problems," stressing that "the tripartite budget will prevent bargaining and extortion that occur every year," and that his government "implemented its obligations in the government program by 31 percent."
The Prime Minister pointed out that "Iraq has emerged from the bottleneck and achieved a victory over terrorism, and the political process is witnessing positive constructions, but today there is a problem of unemployment, corruption and services," stressing "the necessity of economic reforms such as activating sectors and benefiting from natural resources."
He explained that "Iraq is not only an oil country, but can also be an agricultural and industrial country," stressing that "the process is based on a new vision and philosophy and not on the vision of the socialist system."
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