Pres­i­dent Barzani Hosts For­eign Diplo­matic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Kur­dis­tan

The Kurdish Globe - - EDITORIAL -

Pres­i­dent Barzani to­day hosted for­eign con­suls and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions based in Er­bil to dis­cuss the lat­est po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ments in Kur­dis­tan and in Iraq.

In his re­marks to this an­nual gath­er­ing, Pres­i­dent Barzani shed light on a num­ber of key is­sues fac­ing Iraq and Kur­dis­tan, par­tic­u­larly the on­go­ing cri­sis fac­ing the po­lit­i­cal process in Iraq, ten­sions be­tween Er­bil and Bagh­dad, demon­stra­tions in cer­tain Iraqi prov­inces, and KRG plans to strengthen ties with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

“We greatly value your ef­forts and con­tri­bu­tions in de­vel­op­ing re­la­tions with the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, and we are happy that there are now 26 con­sulate gen­er­als and for­eign rep­re­sen­ta­tions in Er­bil,” said the Pres­i­dent.

On the re­cent crises fac­ing Iraq, Pres­i­dent Barzani said the cause of all th­ese crises is lack of ad­her­ence to the Iraqi Con­sti­tu­tion and vi­o­la­tion of ex­ist­ing agree­ments, but reaf­firmed his com­mit­ment to work with other Iraqi lead­ers to tackle both the Er­bil-Bagh­dad is­sues and those con­cern­ing the ques­tion of gov­er­nance as a whole in Iraq.

“The main cause of th­ese crises is non­com­mit­ment to the Iraqi Con­sti­tu­tion. It is un­for­tu­nate to see an on­go­ing escalation of ten­sions in Iraq. Ex­pe­ri­ence has demon­strated that Iraq can only be gov­erned through part­ner­ship and gen­uine power-shar­ing. We are still com­mit­ted to the Con­sti­tu­tion and we be­lieve that di­a­logue is only way to ad­dress the many se­ri­ous chal­lenges fac­ing Iraq.”

Re­gard­ing ef­forts to calm ten­sions be­tween Er­bil and Bagh­dad over the de­ploy­ment of forces in Kirkuk, the Pres­i­dent said: “Ne­go­ti­a­tions are on­go­ing be­tween mil­i­tary com­mit­tees from both sides. We will re­sist the im­po­si­tion of any so­lu­tion on Kirkuk other than the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Ar­ti­cle 140 of the Con­sti­tu­tion.”

Pres­i­dent Barzani said this is an elec­tion year for Kur­dis­tan and the KRG is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing suc­cess­ful elec­tions are held later this year.

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