Iraq’s Allawi Says He Had “Good” Meeting with Barzani in Sulaimani

Iraq’s Allawi Says He Had “Good” Meeting with Barzani in Sulaimani

Iraqi Vice President Ayad Allawi visited on Saturday (October 7) the city of Sulaimani, where he laid bouquets of flowers at grave site of former Iraqi President Mam Jalal Talabani and met with Masoud Barzani.

“I had a very good meeting with Barzani,” Allawi told reporters, declining to give further comments.

Allawi said that attempts to resolve issues between Erbil and Baghdad are underway, expressing “optimism” that issues will be resolved through dialogue.

Tensions between the KRG and the central government hit a high in 2015, after officials from both sides accused each other of failing to abide by the terms of an oil revenue sharing deal struck by officials in December 2014.

Officials from the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad signed the revenue-sharing agreement in December 2014 which would have seen the Iraqi federal government provide the region with 17 percent of the federal budget in return for oil exports amounting to 550,000 barrels per day (bpd).

That deal collapsed months later when the KRG ceased transfers to the Iraqi State Organization for Marketing Oil (SOMO) altogether. Baghdad in turn stopped the transfers of budget payments.