London, United Kingdom (uk.gov.krd) The Kurdistan Regional Government High Representative to the United Kingdom, Mr Karwan Jamal Tahir met virtually with Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, Chairman of All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Kurdistan Region.
The meeting was attended by the APPG Secretary, the Director of Political Affairs and Media at the KRG UK Representation as well as the parliamentary staffs to discuss work programme for 2021, focusing on extending the remit of partnership between the UK and Kurdistan Region on various levels.
High Representative Karwanbriefly spoke of the recent visit of a high-level delegation led by the KRG Deputy Prime Minister QubadTalabani to Baghdad to resolve the budgetary disputes with the Federal Government of Iraq. He said: “The delegation presented recommendations and proposal for consideration of the 2021 draft budget bill. The KRG is committed to work with the Federal Government in order to implement the articles of the Fiscal Deficit Bill in order to resolve outstanding financial issues.”
The meeting also debated economic reform and transparency. High Representative Karwan stated that the KRG is currently enacting structural reforms to tackle the longer-term challenge of transforming the public sector and promoting diversification of the economy. He also pointed to the importance of UK’s support in the transition process.
The Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP highlighted scope for further collaboration between both sides mainly in the area of trade. With respect to religious freedom, the Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP indicated that the Kurdistan Region is a symbol of peaceful coexistence between different ethnic minorities and must be represented internationally.
The discussions also covered Iraq’s preliminary deal for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and also the Kurdistan Region’s share of the vaccine. High Representative Karwan said: “We hope that the vaccine will be fairly distributed in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region obtains its share.”