PM Barzani, Swedish Delegation Discuss Sinjar Deal, IDP Situation
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PM Barzani, Swedish Delegation Discuss Sinjar Deal, IDP Situation

ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Sunday received a Swedish parliamentary delegation in Erbil where the two sides discussed the affairs of the IDPs and the deal to normalize the situation in Sinjar.

"Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Sunday met a delegation of two Swedish MPs, Hakan Svenneling and Yasmine Posio," Barzani's office said in a press release. "They discussed the latest developments in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq’s upcoming elections."

The premier and the Swedish delegation further exchanged views on the "living" conditions of all of diverse communities in the Kurdistan Region, shedding light on the implementation of the agreement between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Iraqi government to normalize the situation in Sinjar.

They also discussed the situation of Syrian refugees and IDPs, including the efforts to find a suitable way to help the displaced people to be able to return to their places of origin, according to the press release.

In October last year, Erbil and Baghdad announced an agreement to normalize the situation in the Yezidi majority populated town of Sinjar in order to pave the way for the displaced people to return to their hometowns voluntarily.

However, the agreement, which also leaves no choice for the armed groups in Sinjar but to withdraw from the region, is to be implemented as the local groups have so far refused to leave the town.

The Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) and pro-Iran Hashd al-Shaabi are both present in Sinjar, continuing to create obstacles for the implementation of the Erbil-Baghdad agreement on Sinjar.

The PKK even prevented a group of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) from entering Sinjar on Saturday who had planned to run their election campaigns in the region ahead of the Iraqi parliamentary elections set for 10 October 2021.

READ MORE: PKK Prevents KDP Election Campaign in Sinjar

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