Growing concerns between Iraq and Kurdistan Regional Government have meant speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament, Rewas Fayaq called for a meeting with US Consul General in the capital of Kurdistan, Erbil on 16th September. Fayaq suggested the 2020 budget process would not consider the best interest of the Kurdistan Regional Government “[Fayaq] pointed to the constitutional violations by the Iraqi Council of Representatives and the Iraqi Government against the rights of the people of Kurdistan,” in a recently released statement.
Fayaq further stated, “that Iraq should not use the 2020 budget as an instrument of pressure on the Kurdistani people” and the US could play a constructive role by “conveying [the] Kurdistan Region’s message to the Iraqi Government.”
Large cuts to the money sent to Erbil from Baghdad is largely due to the defiance of a 2019 Federal Budget Law that indicated Kurdistan Region was to send 250,000 barrels of crude oil per day to Baghdad. Kurdistan Regional Government’s refusal of this has meant tensions have increased.