Kurdish and Shiite negotiation committees discuss cabinet formation
The Kurdish and Shiite negotiation committees held a meeting to discuss the formation of the new Iraqi cabinet in Baghdad in Saturday August 23, 2014.
During the meeting, they agreed to exchange the details of their agendas for the next cabinet at the end of the meeting.
Ahmed Hajji Rashid, a Kurdish negotiator from Kurdistan Islamic Group (Komal), said that the meeting was very positive, adding that they agreed on the general lines and the nature of the next meetings on the cabinet formation.
Furthermore, the Kurdish negotiator said that they agreed to hold another meeting two days later in order to discussing the issues more in detail.
On the other hand, the Sunni negotiation committees of Diyala Hawiatona, led by Iraq’s Parliament Speaker, and Arabiya, led by Salih Mutlak, withdrew from the meeting with the Shiites.
The reason of the withdrawal was because a number of Shiite armed militants killed many Sunni Muslims when they were praying in a mosque on the last Friday.
Salah Jibouri, a Sunni official, announced that: “It was a mass murder as 90 prayers were killed in a mosque in Diyala. We strongly condemn this incident and withdraw from the meetings.”
He also proclaimed that if the biggest bloc in the parliament would like to form an inclusive cabinet, then the general commander of the armed forces must issue an order to arrest the criminals and compensate the family of the victims
The Shiite militants carried out the incident following a roadside bomb exploded to one of their car convoys, and they killed the prayers in retaliation of it.