Nermin Maarouf, a spokesperson of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, confirmed on Sunday the existence of a fresh round of discussions between Baghdad and Erbil to address lingering disputes and establish long-term strategic agreements.
In an interview with Maalouma Agency, Marouf stated, “Ending the disputes between Baghdad and the center regarding employee salaries, as well as focusing on legislating the oil and gas law.”
She went on to say that “the lack of consensus between the political blocs is the main reason for delaying the approval of the oil and gas law,” and emphasized “the necessity for the two parties to reach long-term strategic agreements through which the oil and gas law will be approved.”
She went on to say, “The oil and gas issue and other issues are still thorny between the two parties, and we hope to reach final agreements regarding them.”
Sharif Suleiman, a spokesperson of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, stated to “Al-Ma’louma” that “the oil and gas law is still with the formed government committee for consideration,” noting that the Kurdistan Region had presented a law proposal to the formed committee.