KRG delegation to meet Iraqi officials on Kurdish public servants’ salaries

The delegation arrived in Baghdad on Saturday and is set to stay in the capital for numerous days to discuss a range of outstanding issues with the federal government.
Kurdistan Region flag (right) is placed next to Iraqi flag in Erbil. (Photo: AFP)
Kurdistan Region flag (right) is placed next to Iraqi flag in Erbil. (Photo: AFP)

ERBIL (Kurdistan24) – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) that is currently in Baghdad to discuss the outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad is set to meet with relevant federal government officials to talk about the Kurdish public servants’ salaries, Kurdistan24 has learned.

The officials will discuss the mechanisms to pay the Kurdistan Region’s public servants’ salaries, which have been inconsistently released due to Baghdad’s failures to pay the Region’s share on time, KRG officials have said on numerous occasions.

In the absence of paying the Kurdish share from the federal budget, the Iraqi government has released several payments as loans to Erbil for it to be able to pay its civil servants.

The delegation arrived in Baghdad on Saturday and is set to stay in the capital for numerous days to discuss a range of outstanding issues with the federal government.

Since its adoption in early June, KRG diplomats have alleged the budget has not been implemented properly by the government. Instead of paying the Kurdish share, they allege Baghdad has released allowances to Erbil to cover public salaries. The KRG has previously said the 500 billion dinars (over $384 million) provided by Baghdad thus far is not sufficient to pay the salaries.

Hailed as one of the country’s biggest budgets, the state expenditures were set at 198.91 trillion Iraqi dinars ($153 billion), with a deficit of more than 64 trillion dinars (over $48 billion).