Trump, Macron Agree Need for Dialogue between Erbil, Baghdad
U.S. President, Donald Trump spoke by phone on Monday (December 4) with French President Emmanuel Macron on ways to bring about accord in Iraq and Kurdistan, the White House said in a statement.
Trump and Macron agreed that there is need for the differences between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad to be addressed through dialogue, the White House reported.
Both sides further discussed bilateral relations between the U.S. and France and their commitment to stability in the Middle East and North Africa.
The phone conversation between Macron and Trump comes just two days after visit by Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani to Paris on an official invitation.
Following his meeting with Barzani, Macron said, “Paris is seeking to find a mechanism that can lead to the start of dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad.”
Macron showed support for “national dialogue” between Erbil and Baghdad and “the constitutional rights” of the Kurdistan and Kurdish nation.
Tensions between the KRG and the central government hit a high in 2015, after officials from both sides accused each other of failing to abide by the terms of an oil revenue sharing deal struck by officials in December 2014.
Relations between Erbil and Baghdad hit its lowest in the aftermath of the independence referendum held by the Kurdistan Region, which saw over 90 percent of voters said “Yes.”