British PM Urges Kurdistan, Iraq to Pursue Dialogue to Resolve Issues

British PM Urges Kurdistan, Iraq to Pursue Dialogue to Resolve Issues

 British Prime Minister Theresa May urged the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Iraqi government to pursue dialogue to resolve the issues between both sides.

Speaking during a session of House of Commons on Wednesday (November 1), May said the British government wants to see “political reconciliation" in Iraq, as tensions have deteriorated between Baghdad and Erbil.

“We want to see political reconciliation in Iraq and we have been urging all parties to promote calm, to pursue dialogue and take decisions forward through dialogue,” she added.

May further said any political process towards independent should be agreed with the Iraqi government.

Tensions have soared between the erstwhile allies in the war against ISIS, since a Kurdish vote for independence last month -- drawing urgent appeals for calm from the US-led coalition.

On October 16, federal troops and Hashid al-Shaabi retook the province of Kirkuk and its lucrative oil fields, and days later entered the formerly Kurdish-held areas of Nineveh and Diyala provinces -- all outside the Kurdistan region’s administration. Just days after taking Kirkuk, they entered Tuz Khurmatu and re-activated long simmering tensions between various ethnic groups.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson urged both the KRG and Iraq to resolve the current tensions between them, reiterating UK’s support to the Kurds within Iraq.

“I encouraged both to continue to de-escalate the situation on the ground in Iraq and to avoid misunderstandings that could lead to conflict,” Johnson added.

“The UK remains committed to the sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of Iraq and will continue to support all Iraq’s people, including Iraq’s Kurds, within a unified Iraq,” Jonson said.