BAGHDAD — Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri revealed on Saturday that there are “serious” efforts to resume talks with the political leadership in Kurdistan Region in hopes of addressing their disputes.
Speaking to reporters while paying a visit to an orphanage in Baghdad, Jabouri said that the new initiatives intend to bring the Iraqi political partners together once again to find a solution to their differences, especially easing the tensions with Kurdistan Region.
He however praised the role of Kurds in giving a helping hand to the establishment of the new Iraq after toppling Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003.
In late September, after Kurdistan Region held a referendum on its independence from Iraq, the government in Baghdad decided to take serious measures against Erbil in retaliation for the move.
As an immediate reaction, the central government has banned all the international flights from and to Erbil and Sulaymaniyah international airport. Later, Iraq’s Central Bank decided to suspend the sale of dollars and transfers of foreign currencies to the Kurdish region.
BasNews reported earlier that top Erbil and Baghdad officials have reached an initial agreement to lift the sanctions in favour of a peaceful solution to the growing tensions.