December 1, 2019 / 08:51 PM
KRG delegation had positive meeting with Baghdad officials

A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) had a “positive meeting” with federal officials in Baghdad on Sunday, December 1, a KRG cabinet member has said.
“We hope to reach an agreement tomorrow,” said KRG Minister of State Khalid Shwani, telling reporters that both sides have taken “very good steps.”

Talks centered about the Region’s share of the federal budget for 2020, which was set at 12.67 percent in 2019.
Commenting on Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi stepping down, Shwani emphasized earlier on Sunday that the Kurdistan Region makes agreements with the government, not a specific person, NRT reported.
Following the Council of Representatives' acceptance of the prime minister's resignation on Sunday, the government shifted to “caretaker” status, government spokesperson Saad al-Hadithi said.
The latest round of talks follows an agreementbetween Erbil and Baghdad over the issue of oil, which is closely tied to the budget.
Minister of Oil Thamer Ghadhban said the KRG had agreed to export 250,000 barrels of oil per day through Baghdad to Turkey’s Ceyhan next year, which represented a belated implementation of the 2019 Federal Budget Law.
Coordinator of the Council of Representatives' Finance Committee Ahmed Safar said on Wednesday that Baghdad is expected to send nearly one trillion Iraqi dinars ($838 million) per month to the Kurdistan Region in 2020 if the agreements are implemented.
Reporter's code: 50101