ERBIL — Chaired by Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, the Kurdistan Region Council of Ministers convened on Wednesday to discuss a range issues, including the ongoing negotiations between Erbil and Baghdad.
Following a briefing on the progress of the talks, PM Barzani stressed that disputes with Baghdad cannot be reduced to oil and budgetary issues alone, but also the need to normalise conditions in disputed territories.
He also noted that public services in the Kurdistan Region are better than other places in southern Iraq despite the economic crisis, adding the government is committed to improve peoples' living conditions, according to a press release.
Related to the political ties between the regional and federal government, the cabinet described a recent visit by Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi to the Kurdistan Region as “a positive gesture”.
Meanwhile, Minister of State for Relations between Erbil and Baghdad, Head of Diwan, and Secretary of the Council of Ministers reported on specifics of Iraqi Budget Bill for 2021. The Cabinet tasked all ministers to cooperate with Ministries of Finance and Planning on federal budget planning for 2021-2023 to protect Kurdistan Region's financial entitlements.