Barzani: Kurds United in Maintaining National Security
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.