No excuse for Iraq to obstruct Kurdish ‘financial entitlements’: KRG council

The council emphasized that the Kurdish government presents all information and figures candidly, and does not willingly withhold information from the public.
The meeting of the KRG Council of Ministers, Oct. 25, 2023. (Photo: KRG)
The meeting of the KRG Council of Ministers, Oct. 25, 2023. (Photo: KRG)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Council of Ministers convened on Wednesday and was chaired by Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, according to a statement from the KRG.

The meeting began by discussing the results of the KRG delegation’s visit to Baghdad on Oct. 18, where it met with Iraqi finance ministers and auditors.

The council instructed the finance ministry and the delegation to remain in constant contact with their counterparts in Baghdad.

In terms of transparency, the council emphasized that the Kurdish government presents all information and figures candidly, and does not willingly withhold information from the public. 

The ministers also ensured that the data, information, and figures are accurate, leaving, as they argue, no excuse for the Iraqi government to obstruct the distribution of the Region's “financial entitlements.”

Fariq Sulaiman, the audit head of the KRG, later highlighted necessary measures of the joint investigation process between Erbil and Baghdad.

To make the audit process successful, as Mr. Sulaiman reasoned, the finance ministers of the Kurdistan Region must coordinate with Baghdad to provide the necessary information and data related to revenues, expenditures, and public property. 

Various reports were then submitted about revenues, expenditures, oil production, and civil servant salaries, providing an essential status update on the Region's crucial economy.

Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani at the KRG Council of Ministers, Oct. 25, 2023. (Photo: KRG)
Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani at the KRG Council of Ministers meeting, Oct. 25, 2023. (Photo: KRG)
The meeting of the KRG Council of Ministers, Oct. 25, 2023. (Photo: KRG)
The meeting of the KRG Council of Ministers, Oct. 25, 2023. (Photo: KRG)
Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani at the KRG Council of Ministers, Oct. 25, 2023. (Photo: KRG)
Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani at the KRG Council of Ministers meeting, Oct. 25, 2023. (Photo: KRG)