UK Ambassador Reaffirms Serious Efforts for Solution of Erbil-Baghdad Issues: KRG

UK Ambassador Reaffirms Serious Efforts for Solution of Erbil-Baghdad Issues: KRG

 UK Ambassador to Iraq reaffirmed serious efforts to resolve the issues between the Kurdistan Region and Iraq, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) reported.

KRG released a statement on Monday (January 15) saying Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received UK Ambassador to Iraq, Jon Wilks, in Erbil.

Both sides discussed the latest developments in the country, the talks between Erbil and Baghdad and the elections in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.

The KRG premier and UK ambassador stressed the importance of taking steps to create an appropriate environment to discuss the suspended issues dividing Erbil and Baghdad, the statement read.

“Britain’s ambassador restated they would make serious efforts in order for the issues between Erbil and Baghdad to be resolved,” KRG’s statement said.

The ambassador also invited the KRG prime minister to pay a visit to Britain in a near future, it added.

A delegation from the Iraqi government arrived in Erbil on Monday to hold talks with the Kurdish officials to discuss the issues of the airports, border crossings and dams.

KRG Minister of Transportation and Communication, Mawlud Bawa Murad said both sides agreed to manage the Kurdish airports and border crossings jointly and that a draft of the meeting would be given to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

The Iraqi delegation’s visit to the region came two days after a Kurdish delegation visited Baghdad to discuss the same issues.

The visit was the first ministerial level meeting since the outbreak of the crisis following the referendum on independence on September 25.

Relations between Erbil and Baghdad had hit their lowest point in the aftermath of the referendum held by the Kurdistan Region, which saw 92.7 percent of voters say “yes” to independence.