SULAIMANI – The Kurdistan Region on Monday (March 8) welcomed an initiative by Iraq’s prime minister for Erbil and Baghdad to use “national dialogue” in solving their differences.
Iraq’s PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi addressed the nation on Monday and said the country’s rival political groups should use “national dialogue,” a move he said would reflect the “love and tolerance” shown by Pope Francis’ historic visit to the country.
“We present today the call for a deep, genuine, national dialogue, at all official, party and civil levels, to achieve the framework for a final agreement on the relationship between the central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in a way that reserves the unity of the Iraqi territories and addresses the accumulated problems radically,” said Kadhimi.
Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Masrour Barzani welcomed Kadhimi’s call and expressed readiness to reach “a comprehensive and final agreement to solve all problems between the federal government and the Kurdistan Region on the basis of the constitution.”
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the federal government have been in long-running negotiations regarding the amount of oil or in-kind and a portion of non-oil incomes it should submit to the federal authority to receive its budget share in return.
But contentious issues in the draft-budget law are yet to be addressed between the Iraqi federal government and the Kurdistan Region.
“We support Prime Minister Kadhimi’s call for a national dialogue between the various Iraqi parties and a real and profound dialogue in order to reach a final agreement and develop radical solutions to the problems between the Kurdistan Region and the federal Iraqi government in accordance with the constitution,” said President of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani in a tweet.