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