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US delegation supports serious dialogue to end Erbil-Baghdad crisis

US delegation support serious dialogue to end Erbil-Baghdad crisis
Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with the US Special Presidential Envoy to Erbil Ken Gross at Barzani's office, the first meeting after Kurdistan has conducted the independence referendum in September that was opposed by the US, Rudaw reported.

Brett McGurk, the US Envoy to the US-led Global Coalition against ISIS was also accompanied by Gross.
 
Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, acting Peshmerga Minister Karim Sinjari, among others, received the US delegation.
 
A statement by the Kurdistan Region Government (KRG) read that “Brett McGurk emphasized the friendship and relationship between Erbil and Washington and hoped to further the relationship between the two sides in all aspects.”

The two sides expressed they are pleased the tensions have subsided between the Iraqi and Kurdish security forces, the statement said.

They also “found it necessary to begin a serious dialogue between the two sides - Erbil and Baghdad - on the basis of the constitution to solve the problems.”

PM Barzani noted the relationship between the Kurdistan Region and the US and hoped to further their relationship while thanking the US support for the KRG, according to the statement.

He said that the international community should work to pave the way for “serious dialogue” to begin between Kurdistan and Iraq.
 
McGurk, who met with the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad on Wednesday, said that he discussed with the Iraqi official the "upcoming surprises for ISIS terrorists,” and “affirmed importance of dialogue under the constitution to resolve outstanding issues with KRG.”
 
He had earlier welcomed a statement by the KRG that stated they will respect a ruling by the Iraqi Federal Court which ruled no part of the country can leave Iraq.

The EU Chief Diplomat Federica Mogherini said in a letter on Thursday that they support talks between the Kurdistan Region and Iraq to address their disputes, and that the EU is closely watching the events on the ground.

Mogherini said that the EU supports dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad, and if asked, the European bloc, alongside other international actors, is ready to facilitate such talks.

The KRG has said they are prepared to enter open dialogue with the Iraqi government within the framework of the Iraqi constitution. It has since offered to freeze the outcome of the Kurdish vote and said that it respects a ruling by the Iraqi Federal Court that concluded that no component in Iraq is allowed to leave 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: Friday، 17 November 2017 01:06 PM
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