KRG delegation to continue budget talks with Baghdad
A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will travel to Baghdad on Sunday evening, February 14, for continued budget negotiations with the Council of Representatives’ Finance Committee.

The official media outlet of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) cited a source saying that the goal of the delegation, which will be led by KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, is to set the percentage that the Kurdistan Region will receive in the 2021 Federal Budget Law and the terms that govern the transfer of that funding.

This will likely be the final visit by the delegation before the budget law faces a vote in the Council of Representatives, which lawmaker Ahmed Hama told al-Sumariya news agency will take place on Tuesday.

On February 10, KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani said that his government is not ready to hand over control over the Kurdistan Region’s oil production to the federal government, saying that demand was “unconstitutional.”

He said that the Region is ready to hand over 250,000 barrels of oil per day and half of the its non-oil income or their cash equivalents to the federal government in return for securing the “Region’s financial entitlement.”

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