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Maliki 'reason behind Baghdad, Erbil disputes' – Abadi's advisor

Nouri al-Maliki

The policy adopted by former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki towards Kurdistan Region is the reason behind the accumulation of disputes between Baghdad and Erbil that amounted to an armed confrontation, Ihsan al-Shimari, advisor of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, revealed Monday. 
In a televised interview, al-Shimari said that Abadi aims to settle disputes caused by Maliki as the incumbent Iraqi prime minister is constantly holding dialogues with Kurds.    
Abadi takes into consideration the constitutional frameworks while dealing with Kurdistan Region's referendum on independence, he noted. 
He also warned that the referendum threatens Iraq's unity and undermines the victory achieved over ISIS. 
Sadrist Movement Muqtada al-Sadr revealed on Friday that the previous government, led by Nouri al-Maliki, had a legacy of accumulated problems that forced Kurdistan Region to consider holding a referendum on independence.
Earlier on Friday, former prime minister Ayad Allawi said Kurdistan's independence referendum is unconstitutional and will drag Iraq into civil war.

Last Modified: Monday، 14 August 2017 12:55 PM