Iraqi President Meets with KRG PM and Deputy PM in Erbil

Iraqi President Meets with KRG PM and Deputy PM in Erbil

Iraqi President Fuad Masum met with Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and his deputy Qubad Talabani in Erbil.

Sources said Masum met with the KRG premier and deputy prime minister in the President’s office in Erbil on Wednesday (November 29) to discuss aftermath of the 25th Kurdish referendum.

The senior officials also discussed the situation in Kirkuk and solutions to the outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad.

Masum is expected to also meet with former Kurdish president and current leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Masoud Barzani in Pirmam.

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 step, Baghdad banned international flights to and from the Kurdistan Region’s airports. Later in mid-October, Iraqi forces and Hashid al-Shaabi launched a successful operation to 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 hasn’t responded to the KRG for a meeting despite the annulment of the referendum results by the Federal Supreme Court.