ERBIL - The Kurdistan Region is constitutionally entitled to its share of the federal budget, therefore it has a legitimate right to demand its share, Prime Minister Masrour Barzani stated on Wednesday.
Barzani chaired a meeting of the Council of Ministers for talks on the ongoing work with the Iraqi government and the budget bill, during which he commended the KRG's negotiating team for its efforts over the past year.
Before Erbil and Baghdad reached an agreement on the Budget Bill for the year 2021, a KRG team paid over 15 visits to Baghdad where they held meetings with Iraqi leaders to negotiate on the Kurdistan Region's share from the budget.
Barzani further stressed that his cabinet "understands and respect its obligations as outlined in the budget bill, and called on the Federal Government to fulfil its commitments toward the Kurdistan Region."
Deputy PM Qubad Talabani, who led the KRG delegation, presented a summary of discussions with Baghdad and underscored that both Erbil and Baghdad should cooperate to ensure the full implementation of 2021 budget bill, a statement by Barzani's office said.
"He also stated that the parliament and government officials, and Iraqi parties signaled they would enforce the clauses in the federal budget bill to protect the Kurdistan Region’s financial merits, based on the constitution."
PM Barzani also shed light on the ongoing reform process and his cabinet's progress in identifying opportunities to increase revenues and reduce public expenditures, which will help provide a higher standard of living for the people of the Kurdistan Region and grow the economy.
"The Council of Ministers lastly discussed the health situation in the Kurdistan Region and the measures being enforced to fight the pandemic. The Council of Ministers asked all citizens of the Kurdistan Region to take the necessary precautions to avoid getting exposed to COVID-19 and to abide by official health regulations issued by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Interior to curb the further spread of the coronavirus," the statement concluded.