Bozyel: Barzani’s visit to Bagh­dad changes Iraq’s out­come

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Af­ter the pres­i­dent of Iraqi Kur­dis­tan, Ma­soud Barzani, vis­ited Bagh­dad a few weeks ago for the first time in more than two years, peo­ple ex­press re­ac­tions to whether a rare visit by Barzani to Bagh­dad will di­lute some of the mu­tual an­i­mos­ity and dis­trust be­tween the Arab cen­tral govern­ment and the au­ton­o­mous north­ern en­clave.

Rights and Free­doms Party (HAK-PAR) Chair, Bayram Bozyel, said Pres­i­dent Barzani’s visit is an im­por­tant and pos­i­tive visit and can change the po­lit­i­cal equa­tion in Iraq.

Barzani’s visit fol­lowed 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.

“This visit shows that the po­si­tion of Kur­dis­tan re­gion and Pres­i­dent Barzani are very im­por­tant and ef­fec­tive in Iraq,” said Bozyel

Barzani’s visit is be­lieved to be a sym­bolic step to re­solve dis­putes be­tween the cen­tral govern­ment and the au­ton­o­mous re­gion over land and oil.

Bozyel said PM Ma­liki didn’t re­ceive Barzani by him­self at first as he didn’t ben­e­fit from the quiet con­di­tions in Iraq. He said but Barzani was able to oblige Ma­liki to step on the right road. “Thus Kur­dis­tan was able to prove that it is al­ways peace­maker in Iraq.” He con­cluded.

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