Baghdad puts more conditions on Erbil during Abadi, Barzani meeting

Iraq called for a complete control of federal authorities over the Kurdistan Region.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – The Iraqi government has imposed several conditions on the Kurdistan Region to normalize relations with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) following a high-level meeting between both sides on Saturday.

According to a statement released by the Iraqi Prime Minister’s office, the Iraqi government has placed new conditions on Kurdistan before normalizing relations and sending employee salaries, including a “full federal authority” over the Region, its airports, border crossings, and oil production and exports.

KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and an accompanying delegation met with his Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad for the first time since the Kurdistan Region’s Sep. 25 independence referendum.

The sides discussed the latest political and security developments as well as ways to resolve the ongoing disputes between the Federal Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region in accordance with the constitution, the Iraqi PM’s office statement said.

“The Iraqi PM reiterated the unity and sovereignty of Iraq—and that the people of Kurdistan are part of the Iraqi people—as well as restoring complete federal authority over the Region, including border crossings and airports,” the statement continued.

According to the statement, following complete control by the Iraqi government, the Kurdistan Region’s airports will be reopened, adding that the control of border crossings should be “exclusively in the power of federal authority.”

“Abadi also expressed the importance of handing over the produced oil to the federal government as the export will exclusively be in the power of state-owned SOMO,” the statement said.

The Iraqi Prime Minister’s office did not mention the position of the KRG officials regarding the topics discussed during the meeting.

Editing by Karzan Sulaivany