Top Kurdish Officials and Iraqi President Discuss Elections, Disputed Areas
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Top Kurdish Officials and Iraqi President Discuss Elections, Disputed Areas

ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani, Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, and Parliament Speaker Rewaz Fayiq met with Iraqi President Barham Salih on Monday in Erbil to discuss a range of issues, among them the forthcoming early elections and the disputed Kurdish areas.

In a joint statement, they said the Kurdish leaders reiterated support for the federal institutions of Iraq in its efforts to bring back stability to the country, in a way that the safety of all foreign diplomatic missions is guaranteed.

On the early elections which is set for June 2021, they conveyed support for the democratic process in the country, the statement said.

They also discussed the areas disputed between Erbil and Baghdad, saying that the sides should continue negotiations in pursuit of a solution that could sever the best interests of all the components of these areas.

The recent landmark agreement between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the federal government of Iraq over the status of Sinjar, was welcomed by the officials who said Erbil and Baghdad should work for similar agreements in other disputed areas where attempts to change the demography is a real threat.

On the internal situation of the Kurdistan Region, the participants emphasized that all the political factions are required to work hand-in-hand in order to overcome the current challenges related to the pandemic and financial hardship.

In the end, they condemned the assassination of security official Ghazi Salih Alikhani in Duhok last week, who was said to be killed by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).