Visiting British PM Encourages KRG to ‘Respect A Unified Iraq’
British Prime Minister, Theresa May arrived on Wednesday (November 29) in Baghdad where she met Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi.
During the meeting with May, Abadi commended Britain’s role in the fight against terrorism, the Iraqi media news agency reported.
Abadi told the Prime Minister, ‘We thank the British government's support for Iraq in all fields, especially cooperation against terrorism, air cover, intelligence, stability, repatriation efforts and human rights.”
The two sides discussed shared efforts in economic development and the situation in the region, stressing the unity of Iraq and respect for its constitution, said Haidar Hamadeh, head of the media office of the prime minister.
May’s visit came amid a discord between Erbil and Baghdad that deteriorated after Iraqi forces captured several Kurdish-controlled territories disputed between the two sides.
The British PM encouraged the Kurdistan Region engage in dialogue to resolve issues between Erbil and Baghdad, and to respect a unified Iraq, the Iraqi PM’s media office reported.
The meeting between May and Abadi came two months after the referendum by the Kurdistan Region to secede from Iraq that saw over 92% of voters in support of independence.
The visit to Baghdad was her first since she was elected prime minister.
Britain has been an effective member of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State (ISIS), which took control of large swathes of territory in Iraqi and Syria in 2014.