Masum: Presidency works to bring Erbil, Baghdad to dialogue table

Masum: Presidency works to bring Erbil, Baghdad to dialogue table
Masum: Presidency works to bring Erbil, Baghdad to dialogue table

Iraqi President Fuad Masum has met with Russian Ambassador to Baghdad Maxim Maximov at Al-Salam Palace in Baghdad, the presidency said in a statement on Sunday.

During the meeting, Masum praised Russia's support to Iraq in its war against terrorism. 

He confirmed that the dialogue according to constitution and law is the best way to solve Erbil-Baghdad crisis.

Masum confirmed that the Presidency works to provide the appropriate means to bring both parties to the table of negotiations.

 

Meanwhile, Maximov confirmed that his country is keen on the stability and security of Iraq. 

He also supported the constructive Erbil-Baghdad dialogue to end the crisis, rebuild the destroyed cities due to war, and return the displaced people to their homes in Iraq. 

This comes as the crisis in Kirkuk has escalated. Peshmerga forces have been fending off attacks launched by the Iraqi forces. 

Tensions between the two sides over the future of Kurdistan have been high since the Kurds voted for independence in a September referendum. 

The oil-rich Kirkuk Governorate has emerged as a flashpoint in the crisis as it is claimed by both sides.

Last Modified: 12 17 2017 02:54 PM

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