Iraqi Ministry of Finance dispatches April salaries for KRG security forces

The funds will be deposited into the KRG’s Ministry of Finance and Economy account at the Erbil Branch of the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI).
An amount of Iraqi Dinars in cash. (Photo: Kurdistan24)
An amount of Iraqi Dinars in cash. (Photo: Kurdistan24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan24) - The Iraqi Ministry of Finance has dispatched the April salaries for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)’s security forces.

On Sunday, June 9, a high-ranking source from the Iraqi Ministry of Finance informed Kurdistan24 that the full salaries for the Peshmerga and security forces of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRG) for the month of April have been sent.

The funds will be deposited into the KRG’s Ministry of Finance and Economy account at the Erbil Branch of the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI).

“The Iraqi Ministry of Finance will make every effort to pay the salaries of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) security forces before Eid al-Adha,” the source stated.

For more than two months, the Iraqi Ministry of Finance had not dispatched any funds to the Peshmerga Ministry and the KRG security forces.

This delay was due to the Federal Ministry of Finance requesting a complete list of names and information of the KRG security force members. The KRG rejected this request and insisted on providing a coded list instead.

The Federal Board of Supreme Audit was scheduled to visit Erbil on Saturday to audit the salaries of the security forces as well as the Kurdistan Region's expenditures and revenues.

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Once the audit report is completed, the coded names will be sent to Baghdad to facilitate the payment of the security forces' salaries. The report will be submitted to both the Iraqi and Kurdistan Regional governments.

During a ceremony to inaugurate “Eagle Post” center for post and delivery service, the Kurdistan Region’s Prime Minister Masrour Barzani reassured that the government has been actively working with the federal government to resolve budget and salary issues fundamentally.

“We hope that the full salary of the security forces for the month of April and the salaries of all our citizens for the month of May to be distributed soon before the holidays,” Prime Minister Barzani announced, expressing optimism that salary issues would no longer dominate media headlines.