Talabani to the Iranian Consul: Serious efforts to solve problems with Baghdad regarding salaries and budget[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Baghdad Today - Baghdad
The Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Qubad Talabani, confirmed today, Wednesday (November 29, 2023), that there are serious efforts to resolve the problems between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad regarding the issue of employee salaries and the region’s budget.
A statement from his office received by “Baghdad Today” stated that Talabani “received the Consul General of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Erbil, and during the meeting they discussed developing relations between the region and Iran, especially those related to the economic aspect. In this context, the mechanism for addressing the obstacles that obstruct the work of commercial companies was discussed.” Iranian, and providing the necessary facilities for them.”
Talabani pointed out, “The region has great investment opportunities for investors in all sectors, and the regional government is ready to provide all necessary facilities to foreign investors.”
On the other hand, the Iranian Consul General in Erbil expressed his country's readiness to provide facilities to Iraqi merchants and strengthen trade relations between the Kurdistan region and Iran.
In another aspect of the meeting, the two sides touched on the problems between the region and Baghdad, and Talabani explained that “there are serious efforts to resolve the problems between the two sides regarding the issue of employee salaries and the region’s budget,” stressing that “discussions in this regard are still ongoing.”
He noted that "agreement must be expedited to solve the problem of employee salaries, and the federal government must be aware that this issue must be kept away from other problems between the region and Baghdad."
Regarding the provincial council elections, the two sides expressed their hope that the electoral process will proceed in an atmosphere of stability and reassurance, and that its results will be in the interest of all the Iraqi people.
Regarding the city of Kirkuk, Talabani announced that “at the present time there is discrimination in dealing with the components of the city of Kirkuk, and that conditions after the elections must be prepared for all components of the city to feel reassured, not to be marginalized and to be provided with services without discrimination.”