Iraq to make budget payment to Kurds within days: finance minister

March 18, 2015 3:08 PM

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Iraq to make budget payment to Kurds within days: finance minister

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's government will make a budget payment to Kurdish authorities "within days", the finance minister said, playing down concerns that an oil export deal that helped thaw bilateral relations could collapse.

Hoshiyar Zebari told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday the delay in what is meant to be a monthly transfer of over $1 billion from Baghdad in exchange for oil from the semi-autonomous region was due to a fiscal crisis rather than political factors.

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