In parallel, Jamal Bahauddin, a member of Maliki’s State of Law Coalition, said, “Ongoing discussions and meetings on the oil and gas legislation between the Kurdistan Region and the federal government are taking place.”
Bahauddin, who is also a member of the Iraqi Parliamentary Oil Committee, said in a statement to Al-Monitor, “There has been a convergence of views, but nothing has been decided yet.”
Asked whether or the Iraqi parliament would pass the Oil and Gas Law before the current session expires, he contented himself with saying that “there are sub-committees, [including members from the various] political blocs, that were set up to negotiate this matter, and they continue to hold meetings.”
The Iraqi parliament formed in September last year a sub-committee to examine the controversial issues in the Oil and Gas Law and to develop a new draft.
Furat al-Shara, a member of the Oil Committee, said, “The heads of Iraq’s political blocs must take advantage of the political calm that followed the visit of the Kurdistan region’s president to Baghdad to pass the Oil and Gas Law.”
Speaking to Al-Monitor, Shara, a member of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq headed by Ammar al-Hakim, said, "The Oil and Gas Law is under discussion in all basic, strategic and high level sessions. For this reason, ad-hoc committees were formed to approve it.” He confirmed that “the members of the parliamentary Oil Committee will submit the recommendations of the ad-hoc committee to approve the law.” Yet, he refused to disclose these recommendations.
Shara added that “it seems that everyone objects to allowing this law to be transferred to the next parliamentary session.”
Omar al-Shaher is a contributor to Al-Monitor’s Iraq Pulse. His writing has appeared in a wide range of publications including France’s LeMonde, the Iraqi Alesbuyia magazine, Egypt’s Al-Ahaly and the Elaph website.