ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Wednesday called on the Iraqi Prime Minister to start a direct dialogue with the Region instead of repeating statements every week.
In a statement released on the KRG’s website, Spokesperson Safeen Dizayee urged Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to start a serious dialogue with the Kurdish government instead of making “false weekly statements.”
“Abadi’s statements have become a weekly habit, repeating the same things over again that does not lead us to any resolution,” Dizayee said. “With only words, press conferences, and unimplemented promises nothing will be resolved.”
“If the Iraqi government is serious about solving the issues, we invite them to hold a serious dialogue with the Kurdistan Region to reach a conclusion that is in the interests of Iraq and Kurdistan,” the Spokesperson added.
The KRG statement said they hoped Abadi’s “media statements and repetitive remarks would end,” and instead, actions to resolve the issues between Erbil and Baghdad would begin.
According to the statement, no practical arrangements have been made to send the salaries of the Kurdistan Region’s public employees even though the KRG has submitted a list of employees from the ministries of health and education to Baghdad for auditing purposes.
The KRG explained that the Iraqi government’s measures against the Region are nothing more than collective punishments against the people of Kurdistan.
The KRG statement said the statistics Abadi mentioned during his press briefing were “wrong,” noting that in the upcoming days, Deloitte, a US-based auditing firm, would release the correct numbers.
“We have previously responded to Abadi’s false information, and there is no need to repeat this,” the KRG statement concluded.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany