Kurdish Delegation Meets with Iraqi Pm In Baghdad
A Kurdish delegation from the High Referendum Board met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi after the delegation arrived in Baghdad on Monday (August 14).
Abadi’s office released a statement on Tuesday (August 15) saying the Iraqi Premier and a Kurdish political delegation discussed suspended issues between the Kurdistan Region and Iraq, the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) and cooperation to defeat terror.
Abadi and the delegation also spoke on frank and deep dialogue to resolve the outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad, the statement added.
A member of the delegation, Saadi Ahmed Pira, said the delegation told Abadi Kurds believe the referendum on independence must be held.
The delegation from the High Referendum Board left the Kurdistan Region for Baghdad through Erbil International Airport on Monday.
The members of the delegation include Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Politburo member Rozh Nuri Shawais, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Politburo member Saadi Ahmed Pira, member of Iraqi Parliament Vian Dakhil, the Chief of Staff to the Kurdistan Region’s Presidency (KRP) Fuad Hussein, Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) envoy Mohammed Ahmed, Assyrian and Chaldean envoy Romeo Hakari and Turkmen envoy Majid Bazirgan.
The delegation is also expected to separately hold meetings with the American and British embassies as well as a set of other foreign embassies for talks on the referendum.
Members of the High Referendum Board met on Saturday in Erbil for talks on the upcoming official visit to Baghdad. The board does not include representatives from the Change Movement (Gorran) and the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG).
The Kurdistan Region declared on June 7 a plan to hold a referendum on the region’s independence this year on September 25. The announcement came following a meeting between the region’s political parties, not including the Gorran and KIG.