French President Emmanuel Macron said that his country will "do everything" to help preserve Iraq's unity and the recognition of the rights of Iraq's Kurds through new negotiations, France 24 reported.
Macron met Saturday in Paris with the prime minister of Iraq's Kurdish region, Nechirvan Barzani, amid a political and military standoff between the self-ruled northern Kurdish region and Baghdad since an independence referendum for the region.
In a joint news conference with Macron, Barzani said he is "ready to discuss" with Baghdad and agrees on a shared control between Kurdish and Baghdadi authorities over Iraq's borders with Turkey and Syria.
Earlier on Friday, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister visited France following an invitation from French President Emmanuel Macron.
Last month, Iraq's top court paved the way for the Kurdish region to step back from its controversial independence referendum and annul the vote's results that overwhelmingly backed secession from Iraq.
The crisis in Kirkuk has escalated when Peshmerga forces have been fending off attacks launched by the Iraqi forces.
The oil-rich Kirkuk governorate has emerged as a flashpoint in the crisis as it is claimed by both sides.