President Fuad Masum will make a second visit to Gorran Movement’s headquarters on Sunday to urge it to return to Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and unify Kurds prior to their visit to Baghdad, a source close to Masum revealed Sunday.
The source, who asked to remain anonymous, said that Masum would meet with Omar al-Sayyed Ali, general coordinator of Gorran Movement, and other movement officials in Sulaymaniyah city in Kurdistan Region.
During the visit, Masum will stress the importance of Gorran Movement’s return to KRG to perform its duties, the source noted.
He further stated that the president will underline the importance of forming a Kurdish government and institutional delegation before visiting Baghdad to enter into negotiations with the federal government.
Masum will meet with many political parties in Sulaymaniyah and then he will head towards Erbil to meet with the leadership of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) to discuss the current crisis between Erbil and Baghdad.
On Saturday, it was reported that Masum headed towards the Kurdistan Region.
In a statement, Masum’s office said that the Iraqi president would meet with Erbil's top officials and discuss three main issues.
The office asserted that the issues are the relations between Erbil and Baghdad following the independence referendum, the disputed area of Kirkuk and the status of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) following its actions in the Kirkuk events.
This comes as the standoff between Baghdad and Erbil is still ongoing. Erbil demands lifting measures imposed by Baghdad following the first's bid for independence.