No difficult obstacles preventing Erbil-Baghdad budget deal: Qubad Talabani

A spokesperson for Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani said on Saturday, April 3, that there are no “difficult obstacles” preventing implementation of the recent budget agreement between Baghdad and Erbil.

On Wednesday night, the Council of Representatives passed the Federal 2021 Budget Law, including Article 11, which outlines the Kurdistan Region's share.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will receive 9.5 trillion Iraqi dinars ($6.5 billion), which will be disbursed in monthly increments, in return for submitting 250,000 barrels of crude oil per day to Iraq's oil marketer SOMO for export. The federal government will be able to cut off funds in the event of non-compliance, NRT reported.

Spokesperson Samir Hawrami told reporters that all political parties had given their consent to the agreement, so it is expected to be implemented as it is written.

Hawrami added that the KRG has expressed its readiness to ensure implementation.

Iraqi President Barham Salih is expected to sign the law this week.

Talabani and Salih met with Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) co-Presidents Lahur Sheikh Jangi and Bafel Talabani at Salih’s residence in Mergapan, outside of Sulaimani on Saturday.

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