Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) praised on Monday the work of health and police officials across the region in rushing to the aid of victims of last night’s earthquake while urging Baghdad to heed Erbil’s calls for dialogue and for the United States to stay neutral and help find a solution.
“We are sending teams to those areas to assess the situation and we spare no efforts to help them,” Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said at a press conference.
“I also thank the Garmian administration official, police and security who rushed last night to those places and did all they could to serve their people,” Barzani said.
Prime Minister Barzani also thanked the Republic of Turkey and its President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for contacting the KRG immediately after the earthquake and offering to send help.
“Here we thank the office of Turkish President, their consulate, and foreign ministry who contacted us and sent aid through Ibrahim Khalil and a plane landed in Sulaimani,” he said. “I thank the Turkish Afat organization and the office of the office of the Turkish president.”
“They did what was expected of them as they have helped the people of the Kurdistan Region during the hard times.”
Barzani said that his government has sent its reservations and notes to Baghdad about the draft budget for 2018.
“We insisted on our share of 17 percent as set out in the constitution,” Barzani said. “Unfortunately there are many issues with the draft and Baghdad has stopped sending our share of medical supplies too.”