Barzani in Bagh­dad to re­solve the is­sues

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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.

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