FCO Minister Tobias Ellwood welcomes new budget deal as first step towards negotiating a solution to the issue of federal budget allocations
Tobias Ellwood, Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East, said:
I welcome the agreement reached yesterday between the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government on the issue of federal budget allocations.
Whilst this is an interim deal, it is a positive and welcome first step which demonstrates that both parties are ready and willing to negotiate seriously and in good faith. I encourage the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government to now work together to find a long-term, comprehensive and constitutional solution to this issue. This will require flexibility and compromise on both sides; however I have no doubt that a resolution will bring benefits to Iraqis across the country.
ISIL is a threat to all Iraqis and it is important that Iraq’s communities unite in the face of this common enemy. I hope that yesterday’s agreement can contribute positively to this process.