'Baghdad does not abide by economic agreements with Kurdistan'

“Although the KRG exported its crude oil through Baghdad, the Iraqi government did not abide by the signed agreement,” KRG spokesperson said.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) spokesperson stated on Sunday that Baghdad does not seem to abide by the economic agreements with the Kurdistan Region.

Safeen Dizayee, the KRG spokesperson said that the Iraqi national budget law for 2017 is not in the interests of the Kurdistan Region and its people, therefore KRG rejects it.

“For the sake of the interest of the people of the Kurdistan Region we call upon the Iraqi government to have a better policy in dealing with the Region,” Dizayee told Anadolu Agency.

In December, the Iraqi parliament approved the 2017 budget bill in a unanimous vote amid the boycott of some Kurdish MPs.

The largest Kurdish bloc in the Iraqi parliament Kurdistan Democratic Party boycotted the parliament for not taking the rights of the people and the Peshmerga forces of Kurdistan Region and the KRG’s comments on the budget into consideration.

Dizayee added that the KRG and the Iraqi government signed an agreement in 2014 on the budget and revenue sharing, but Baghdad not only did not abide by the agreement but also cut the budget and the salaries of the people of Kurdistan.

“Although the KRG exported its crude oil through Baghdad, the Iraqi government did not abide by the signed agreement,” KRG spokesperson said.

Safeen explained that the economic relations between Baghdad and Erbil has not developed but the military agreement between both sides have been going smoothly.

In early December, the KRG in a statement said that “The budget proposal was designed against the Kurdistan Region as the KRG, and its related institutions, did not participate in the process of preparing and approving the bill by the Iraqi Council of Ministers and Iraqi Parliament.”

KRG spokesperson said that Erbil-Baghdad relations are not stable, stating that “We will continue to try and reach an agreement in the interest of the people of the Kurdistan Region.”

 

Editing by Ava Homa