President Barzani asks the political parties to agree on constitution
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani met with leaders and representatives of Kurdistan Region’s main political parties in Erbil on April 20 to discuss a number of issues including the status of the fighting against the IS terrorists, the political developments in Kurdistan and Iraq, the planned upcoming official visit by the President to Washington, the draft constitution of the Kurdistan Region and the issue of the presidency of the Region.
In his remarks, the President underlined the importance of unity among the political parties on key issues, saying that agreement on both the draft constitution and the presidency should be addressed by the Kurdistan Parliament and the political parties for finalization.
The participants of the meeting hailed the bravery and sacrifices of the Peshmerga forces in the fight against the IS and reiterated their full support for Peshmerga and their welfare. They also commended President Barzani’s leadership and supervision of the front lines, and thanked the international coalition for their military support for the Peshmerga.
They emphasized the importance of continued dialogue with Baghdad to strengthen relations and to implements the recently agreed deal between the two sides.
Barzani called on the Parliament and political parties to agree on a constitution and put it to a referendum. “Two years ago, I said the Parliament and political parties need to agree on constitutional and presidential elections. I reiterate my call at this moment."
Barzani said that the parties must address the constitution issue without being influenced by the political propaganda.
“All parties must work for our people and for our country,” he said.
The Political parties that attended the meeting included: Kurdistan Democratic Party, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Change Movement, and Kurdistan Islamist Union, Kurdistan Islamist Group, Kurdistan Socialist Party, Kurdistan Communist Party, Kurdistan Islamic Movement, Kurdistan Toilers Party, Turkmen and Christian representatives in the Parliament.