Baghdad promises PUK Chief to spend KRG Budget share after years of withholding it

12/24/2022 12:06:14 PM
 Patriotic Union of Kurdistan President Bafel Jalal Talabani with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani in Baghdad on December 24, 2022.
 photo: KurdSat English
PUK President conveyed the wishes of Iraqi people to the premier.

Patriotic Union of Kurdistan President Bafel Jalal Talabani today met with Iraqi premier Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani in Baghdad. The meeting discussed the latest political developments and economic, social and security issues and emphasized support for the government's efforts to implement its agenda constitutionally, a statement from PUK President Press office read. 

President Bafel Jalal Talabani stressed the importance of implementing the new government's plans and asked the prime minister to spend the Kurdistan region's budget share and financial needs. 

"The political parties national agreement on the management of the state was an important step towards overcoming the unwanted political situation in Iraq, but more important is carrying out the terms laid out in the agreement which conducive to the success of the political process," President Talabani said. 

The PUK leader reiterated the Kurdistan Region's desire to resolve the issues between the two sides and called for the negotiation committees to be more effective and be plaint to people's wishes and demands.

Iraqi Prime Minister assured President Bafel that the rights and financial entitlements of the Kurdistan Region would be guaranteed and the 400bn Iraqi Dinars (IQD) would be sent to the Kurdistan Region as soon as possible. The 400bn IQD refers to the monthly budget of the Kurdistan region that is usually withheld in Baghdad, leaving the region in severe financial distress; according to an Erbil-Baghdad agreement, Baghdad would send the region 200bn IQD each month to cover the employee salaries. 

The premier added that although the PUK has been a major partner in the formation of the government, it is one of the primary participants in the government and with the support of the PUK, it will serve the whole of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.

The PUK's continuous efforts have helped to serve the Kurds better and the Iraqi people, as President Bafel's shuttle diplomacy helps to resolve irregularities soon and address them early. 

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