Abadi to Meet French President Macron in Paris

Abadi to Meet French President Macron in Paris

 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday (December 12) as he is attending the One Planet Summit in Paris.

Abadi headed to Paris on Monday to participate in the One Planet Summit on climate change, the premier tweeted on Monday.

The Iraqi prime minister will also hold talks with Macron and other international leaders in Paris, the tweet said.

Abadi and Macron are expected to discuss bilateral relations between their two countries and the outstanding issues between Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.

Prime Minister Abadi has already met with Japan’s Foreign Minister, Taro Kono, accompanied by a delegation in Paris on Tuesday, according to his office.

Kono stressed his country’s support for Iraq’s unity as well as his commitment to cooperate with the government of Iraq in all fields.

On October 4, Abadi visited Paris for a two-day trip in response to an invitation from French President Macron.

Macron again called for dialogue between Iraq and the Kurds in the coming weeks, saying dialogue “is the only path.”

Abadi, for his part, said the Kurdistan independence referendum was “illegal” and that Iraq wanted to preserve the sovereignty of the country within the framework of the constitution.

Early this month, a delegation from the KRG headed by the Premier Nechirvan Barzani also visited Paris on an official invitation by the French president.

Since the Kurdistan Region held a referendum on independence for Kurdistan in September, the government of Iraq has banned international flights to and from the region’s airports and exerted a number of other military and economic controls on the government and its people.