Alwaght- Kurdistan region has always been of greet significance to the Iraqi leaders. The federal system, in place since fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, as well as the separatist tendencies of some Kurdish sides in the autonomous region, including Kurdistan Democratic Party, trigger Iraqi leaders and even public’s obsession with the foreign movement in the region.
A set of issues, including the dispute over the region’s budget and oil sales, have been straining the Erbil-Baghdad relations over the past few years. As a result, Erbil set up economic relations with foreign sides independently. Last week, the region’s capital hosted a business-political delegation from Saudi Arabia. The office of the regional government’s head Nechirvan Barzani issued a statement saying that the two sides discussed cooperation opportunities, investment, and business and trade ties in various areas like industry, agriculture, and tourism. The Iraqi media outlets have reported that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) during the meetings reached agreements with the Saudis to launch direct Erbil-Riyadh flights and open a Saudi bank in the Kurdish region.
Saudi Arabia is establishing its relations with Erbil in a very special time and should have goals behind that.