ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday visited Erbil to discuss bilateral relations with the Kurdistan Region President.
The Iraqi PM arrived at the Erbil International Airport in the capital of the Kurdistan Region and was welcomed by Masoud Barzani, the Kurdistan Region President, and other government officials.
[Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani meets with the Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region.]
[The Iraqi PM's arrival at the Erbil International Airport.]
After his arrival, Abadi met with President Barzani and other Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) officials.
According to a statement by the Iraqi Prime Minister’s Office, both sides discussed the recent victories in Mosul and emphasized the need to strengthen the work between the central government and the Kurdistan Region.
The two groups also discussed the issues facing the displaced people as well as mechanisms to increase efforts in supporting them, the report added.
According to the statement, President Barzani and Abadi emphasized the need for continued cooperation and understanding between all forces, including the Peshmerga forces, fighting the Islamic State (IS) extremists.
Following the meeting with President Barzani, the Iraqi PM headed to Sulaimani Province and is expected to meet with officials from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).
According a statement by the PUK, Kosrat Rasool, deputy secretary general asked the Iraqi PM to provide the payments of the Kurdish farmers, allocate Peshmerga budget and abide by the agreements to allocated Kirkuk’s petro-dollar.
Abadi visited Jalal Talabani, General Secretary of the PUK and former Iraqi President.
Abadi is expected to attend annual Sulaimani Forum at American University of Sulaimani-Iraq on Wednesday.