President Barzani receives US Senator Carl Levin
President of Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani received Head of Iraqi National List in the Iraqi Parliament, Ayad Alawi, in Salahuddin last Tuesday. In the meeting, the latest political and security situation and the formation of the new Iraqi cabinet were discussed. They also addressed several other issues including the threats of Islamic State (IS) on Kurdistan Region and Iraq, the recent victories of Peshmarga forces against terrorist groups and the living conditions of the displaced people and the refugees. Both of them agreed that the formation of the new Iraqi government should be based on demands of all the Iraqi entities. They also reaffirmed that suitable political solutions have to be found to defeat IS. They also confirmed that the government should take responsibility to help refugees return to their original places. Chalabi in Hawler Three days earlier, the Chief of Iraqi National Congress, Ahmad Chalabi, visited Hawler and met with President Barzani. They discussed the political and the current military situation in Kurdistan and the victories of the Peshmerga forces against IS. They too discussed the process of forming new Iraqi government. The two sides agreed that the formation of new government should be on the basis of genuine partnership. They stressed that the new cabinet should respect the legitimate demands of all components and redirect the political process in Iraq according to the constitution.