Barzani: Kurds United in Main­tain­ing Na­tional Se­cu­rity

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Meet­ing with a del­e­ga­tion from the EU, Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani said re­gard­less of their dis­agree­ments, the Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal par­ties are all united in main­tain­ing na­tional se­cu­rity and the in­ter­est of people in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

Barzani on Wed­nes­day met with Nick West­cott, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor for the Mid­dle East and North Africa in the Euro­pean Ex­ter­nal Ac­tion Ser­vice, Jean-Louis de Brouwer, Di­rec­tor of Hu­man­i­tar­ian and Civil Pro­tec­tion Op­er­a­tions, and Am­bas­sador Pa­trick Si­mon­net, Head of EU Del­e­ga­tion to Iraq.

The guests com­mended Kur­dish Pesh­merga forces and Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment ( KRG) for their cru­cial role in the war against Is­lamic State (IS) and open-door poli­cies to­wards refugees and IDPs es­cap­ing the ji­hadists.

West­cott re­it­er­ated the EU’s com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing Kur­dis­tan Re­gion to de­feat the cur­rent cri­sis.

Barzani, in re­turn, thanked the EU and briefed the guests on the lat­est po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity de­vel­op­ments in the re­gion. Re­gard­ing the re­la­tions be­tween Er­bil and Bagh­dad, Barzani re­asserted that for solv­ing the is­sues, failed poli­cies and ex­pe­ri­ences should not be re­peated.

Barzani and Iraqi Pres­i­dent dis­cuss lat­est po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity de­vel­op­ments

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani met with the Iraqi Pres­i­dent Fuad Ma­soum in Er­bil to dis­cuss the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try.

On Mon­day, May 16th, Ma­soum ar­rived in Er­bil and he met to­day, May 17th, with Barzani, ex­chang­ing views on the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal dead­lock in Bagh­dad as well as the re­la­tions be­tween Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment and the Iraqi fed­eral gov­ern­ments.

Both pres­i­dents re­it­er­ated on con­tin­u­ous di­a­logues and close co­op­er­a­tion to ad­dress the pro­longed dis- putes be­tween Er­bil and Bagh­dad.

The on-go­ing war against the Is­lamic State (IS), the Pesh­merga op­er­a­tions in north­ern Iraq and the po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments in the re­gion were also on the agenda.

Er­bil and Bagh­dad have been locked in deep dis­agree­ments over KRG’s share from the Iraqi fed­eral bud­get, the share of the Kur­dish Pesh­merga forces from mil­i­tary aid, as well as the in­de­pen­dent oil ex­ports by Er­bil.

Most re­cently, Kur­dish mem­bers of the Iraqi par­lia­ment left Bagh­dad when a mob of Sadrist sup­port­ers stormed the par­lia­ment build­ing and of­fended the leg­is­la­tors. They later said that they will re­turn to Bagh­dad on con­di­tions only.

Be­fore Ma­soum, the Iraqi Par­lia­ment Speaker Salim al-Jabouri vis­ited Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and asked the Kur­dish MPs to re­turn to Bagh­dad and at­tend the up­com­ing ses­sions.

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