Ali Saadoun Al-Lami, a member of the Parliamentary Oil, Gas, and Natural Resources Committee, said on Tuesday that there are numerous unresolved difficult matters between Baghdad and Erbil, as well as the oil-producing governorates, preventing the oil and gas legislation from being passed.

“The oil and gas law,” Al-Lami stated in a statement to Al-Maalouma, “and although there is a movement to approve it, the differences between the center and the region prevent this purpose from being achieved at the present time.”

“Many controversial points remain unresolved between Baghdad and Erbil, making passing the oil and gas law impossible, and thus there are no signs of the law being approved,” he continued.

“There are 13 points of contention between the governments of Baghdad and Erbil, as well as the oil-producing governorates,” he explained, “and these represent the biggest obstacles to passing this law.”

According to Al-Lami, “these points cannot be resolved at all,” which “confirms the impossibility of passing the law in its current form.”

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