Iraq’s President Fuad Masum and head of National Wisdom Movement Ammar al-Hakim have discussed Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum and the problems impeding the political process, a presidential statement revealed Monday.
According to the statement, the meeting falls within the Iraqi president’s initiative for dialogue between political parties.
During this meeting the two leaders tackled the current situation and the means to reach an understanding that enhances the country’s unity, stability and co-existence among all components, the statement read.
Masum stressed the importance of creating a political climate that paves the way for holding a dialogue between factions to find real solutions to outstanding issues, particularly between Erbil and Baghdad.
Hakim also called upon political parties to avoid issuing statements that create tension and complicate the crisis.
The Iraqi president launched on Saturday an initiative for dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil.
Earlier, Kurdistan region's parliament approved a plan to hold a Sept. 25 referendum on independence, ignoring Iraqi, Iranian and Turkish opposition as well as US and Western concern that the vote could cause new conflicts in the region.