Continuous efforts between Baghdad and Kurdistan persist as Iraqi President Barham Salih met Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, Parliament Speaker Rewaz Fayaq and Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani discuss finding solutions to resolve the issues between the two ahead of the 2020 budget talks which will define the future of the relationship between the two countries. Adviser to President Salih, Salar Mahmood, "Of course, meetings between the president [Barham Sailh] and Kurdistan Region officials will yield a positive result,"[meetings are] very timely and important."
And hoped to "reach a result that is going to be in the interests of the people of Kurdistan...There was a good degree of understanding between the president of the Kurdistan Region, prime minister and speaker of the parliament. We are trying to reach a result before the new year to guarantee all the rights of the people of Kurdistan."
Iraq’s President, Barham Salih arrived in Kurdistan with a delegation intent on discussing oil, budget, territorial disputes and other topics that have caused long-standing disputes causing the most strained situation in late 2017 caused by Baghdad cutting KRG’s share of the federal budget from 17% to zero in 2014 as Kurdistan sold its oil. Although KRG’s share of the budget was reinstated, it was much lower--12%.
In an agreement in the 2019 budget, KRG agreed to send 250,000 barrels of oil per day to Baghdad, SOMO, in exchange for their share in the budget, however, even though Baghdad has sent money to Erbil Central Bank, KRG has yet to send a single barrel of oil.
Since Adil Abdul-Mahdi became prime minister in 2018, tensions between the two regions have improved citing a historically good relationship with the Kurds.