Nechirvan Barzani denies withdrawal from Iraqi politics

<p style="text-align:left">The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said on Sunday that there is no withdrawal of Kurds from the Iraqi politics as it was claimed and that he believes in dialogue as the only way to resolve pending issues, and he remains hopeful.

"We will continue [to work] with Baghdad concerning these matters. Our main goal for continuing [this relationship] is to obtain the requirements of the region and the citizens of the Kurdistan Region. We have established this as a principle. We will distribute salaries from the revenues we have and what we receive, regardless of how much it is," said Barzani, while adding that he is in contact with Prime Minister Haider al-Abad to resolve the issues, daily Sabah reported.
On Saturday, KRG deputies in Federal Parliament said they may withdraw from politics after boycotting Saturday a long-delayed budget session approved by the Iraqi Parliament.
Adil Nuri, a Kurdish lawmaker, said the withdrawal may include the presidential and ministerial posts. "As Kurds, we are considering the option of completely withdrawing from politics. This also includes leaving the presidential and ministerial posts.
Meanwhile, Former Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani called for a "united response" against the decision on Sunday.
"What happened in the Iraqi Parliament was another clear move in undermining consensus, power-sharing, balance, and the constitutional rights of the people of Kurdistan," Barzani stated.
The budget for more than $88 billion is based on projected oil exports of 3.8 million barrels per day (bpd) at a price of $46, a copy of the final bill showed. It envisions government revenues of $77.6 billion with a deficit of $10.58 billion.
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