Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has been responsive and reacted favorably towards the meeting with Kurdish opposition delegation, which visited Baghdad last week, Hassan Jihad, representative of the delegation, revealed Wednesday.
In a press statement, Jihad said the delegation, composed of representatives from Gorran Movement, Kurdistan Islamic Group and Coalition for Democracy and Justice, held a series of meetings with officials in Baghdad.
The delegation has met with Abadi. The meeting has been fruitful as the outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad were discussed, particularly the salaries of civil servants and farmers as well as the situation in disputed areas such as Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmatu, he noted.
The delegation stressed the importance of resolving problems in accordance with the legal and constitutional frameworks, he further stated.
Abadi has pledged to pay civil servants in Kurdistan Region their salaries after their biometric data is audited. He has not set any preconditions, he added.
Tension has been high in the region since the central government in Baghdad imposed tough measures when the KRG held an independence referendum on Sept. 25 and Kurds voted overwhelmingly to secede.
Kurdish parties have sought to resolve the crisis between the KRG and the federal government but all their efforts were in vain.
KRG accuses Baghdad of procrastination as it delays engaging in dialogue with Erbil to resolve the outstanding issues between the two parties.