Italy PM Hopes for Immediate Dialogue between Iraq, Kurdistan – KRG

Italy PM Hopes for Immediate Dialogue between Iraq, Kurdistan – KRG

 Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni hopes for an immediate dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad based on the Iraqi constitution, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said.

KRG released a statement on Friday (December 29) saying Gentiloni sent a letter to the Kurdish Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani on Wednesday.

Gentiloni said in the letter that Italy along with the international community hopes an immediate dialogue will begin between Erbil and Baghdad to resolve the issues, in the framework of a unified, federal and democratic Iraq, based on the Iraqi constitution agreed upon in 2005, the KRG statement read.

“We encourage all sides to begin dialogue and provide assistance among them,” the KRG’s statement said quoting the Italy PM’s letter.

Italy acknowledged the steps between the KRG and the Iraqi government in their military alliance to liberate the last areas under Islamic State (ISIS) control.

Relations between the Kurdistan Region and Iraq hit their lowest in the aftermath of the referendum held by the Kurdistan Region, which saw 92.7 percent of voters say “yes” to independence.

The Kurdistan Region expressed readiness to hold talks with Baghdad to resolve the issues between both sides according to the Iraqi Constitution. However, the Iraqi government appears reluctant to participate in large-scale formal discussions.