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Barzani exchanges views with McGurk on Iraqi gov’t formation

Barzani: Baghdad needs to do more efforts to solve crisis with Erbil

Kurdish President Masoud Barzani, the head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) , hosted U.S. Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk in Erbil on Friday, when they exchanged views on the formation of Iraq's next government, Rudaw reported.

“The latest political developments and the change of the political process in Iraq were discussed," stated a readout from Barzani's office.

The US State Department has repeatedly said it wants to see Iraq follow the constitutional timeline for government formation.

The two also exchanged opinions "regarding the methods of the formation of Iraqi new government.”

McGurk was accompanied by Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman and new Consul General to Erbil Steven Fagin. Advisors Hemin Hawrami and Fuad Hussein were with Barzani.


“They also stressed the implementation of real principles of partnership between the representatives of Iraqi components," Barzani's statement added.


The KDP won the most seats (25) among Kurdistani parties in Iraq's parliamentary election on May 12. The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan won 18.


On Saturday, they will send a joint high-level delegation to Baghdad to meet with party list leaders.


McGurk and Barzani "both agreed to continue their consultation and contact until Iraqi political process reaches a conclusion," the statement added.

Iraq's MP-elects shall convene their first session by September 3, when they will select a new speaker and two deputies.

The next prime minister will have 90 days to form a new cabinet, according to the constitution.

Last Modified: Saturday، 01 September 2018 10:55 AM