PM To German Diplomats - Kurdistan Region Ready to Hold Talks with Iraq without Preconditions

PM To German Diplomats - Kurdistan Region Ready to Hold Talks with Iraq without Preconditions

 Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister met with German diplomats and restated - the Kurdistan Region is ready to hold talks with the government of Iraq with an open agenda and without preconditions.

KRG released a statement on Tuesday (October 10) saying the prime minister met with German Ambassador Cyril Nann accompanied by Consul-General to Erbil Kurt Georg Stockl-Stillfried.

Both sides discussed the relations between Erbil and Baghdad as well as the fight against Islamic State (ISIS) and the role of the Peshmerga forces in the fight, according to the statement.

KRG Premier Barzani said during the meeting that the experiences of the past years have proved the system in Iraq has failed and a new way of relations between Erbil and Baghdad should be thought of, the statement said.

“[Barzani] expressed readiness of the Kurdistan Region to start serious dialogue with Baghdad with an open agenda and without preconditions so as to reach a solution and understanding accepted by both sides and bringing stability and tranquility,” the KRG’s statement read.

The German ambassador, for his part, said Germany is ready to help with dialogue between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad to resolve the issues, KRG added.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday that Iraq would not cut its ties with the Kurdistan Region but rejected dialogue with the Kurdish authorities before canceling the results of the referendum.

“Any dialogue with the Kurdistan Region should be based on three principles which are Iraq’s unity, the constitution and the rejection of referendum,” Abadi said during his press briefing in Baghdad.

The latest feud between Erbil and Baghdad stems after the Kurds held the Kurdistan independence referendum on September 25 despite Baghdad’s warning to take measures against the region if the referendum proceeded.

The Iraqi Parliament on September 27 imposed several sanctions over the Kurdistan Region including a ban on international flights to and from the Kurdistan Region.

International flights have been suspended since 6 p.m. on Friday (September 29). Travelers who intend to fly to the Kurdistan Region have to first fly to another Iraqi international airport and then fly to the region’s airports in Erbil or Sulaimani by domestic flights.

The Iraqi Parliament asked Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to deploy troops in Kirkuk and other disputed areas. Parliament has also ruled that the Iraqi government must attempt to convince its neighboring countries to close their borders and to request the international community to close their consulates and representative offices in the Kurdistan region.