Barzani in Baghdad to resolve the issues
The president of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, visited Baghdad on Sunday for the first time in more than two years, in a step towards resolving long-running disputes between the central government and the autonomous region over land and oil.
In a press conference, both Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and President Barzani after a meeting, focused on resolving the issues between Kurdistan Region and Baghdad and declared that the committees formed to resolve the disputes are working seriously. They confirmed that the meeting was positive as there are no disputes over the issues except some differences on some subjects.
Barzani said “Through my trip to Baghdad, I conveyed a message to the country and the world that we are always brothers,” adding “Maliki’s earlier visit to Erbil was a big step toward solving the problems. We are ready to cooperate with Baghdad in order to put an end to the issues between Baghdad and Kurdistan,”
Then Maliki said “We have enough will to solve the issues. We follow up the works of the committees seriously,”
Barzani answered a question raised by a Kurdsta TV reporter in Kurdish language, but Maliki told Barzani, he did not understand the answer; Barzani told Maliki jokingly “Kurdish is an official language, you should understand it.”
Barzani and Maliki also said that Iraq will not interfere with the issues in Syria, but Syrian people should solve their issues by themselves.
Barzani’s visit follows an equally rare trip by PM Maliki who met Barzani in Kurdistan last month, easing tensions between leaders who have repeatedly accused each other of violating the constitution.