Iraqi PM Abadi and Ammar Al-Hakim Agree On Need for 'Constructive' Dialogue with Erbil

Iraqi PM Abadi and Ammar Al-Hakim Agree On Need for 'Constructive' Dialogue with Erbil

The head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, Ammar al- Hakim said on Sunday (December 31) he was in agreement with Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on the need for “constructive” dialogue to take place between Erbil and Baghdad.

During a meeting, the two sides discussed the latest political and security situation and the upcoming elections, according to Hakim's media office.

They both stressed the need to adhere to constitutional law and to hold elections on time, the media office added.

May 12, 2018 has been set as a date to hold the Iraqi elections by the electoral commission, though no date has yet been set for the Kurdistan Elections.

The feud between Erbil and Baghdad stems from Baghdad’s economic and military measures taken in retaliation for the Kurdistan referendum on Sept. 25, which saw 92.7 percent of the voters support independence.

In the first measures, Baghdad banned international flights to and from the Kurdistan Region’s airports and closed overland borders with Iran. Later in October, Iraqi forces and Hashid al-Shaabi launched a successful operation to re-take the disputed areas, including Kirkuk, from the Kurdish forces.

KRG has continued to express readiness to hold talks with Baghdad to resolve the issues between both sides according to the Iraqi constitution. However, the Iraqi government had wanted the KRG to annul formally the results of the referendum before holding talks.