ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Nouri al-Maliki-led State of Law and Iran-backed al-Fatih Coalition want to create the biggest coalition in the next Iraqi Parliament to form the new government, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) says.
A joint delegation from the Fatih Coalition and the State of Law arrived in Erbil on Friday to discuss the formation of the new Iraqi government with major Kurdish political parties.
On Saturday, the joint Shia delegation separately met with the KDP political bureau and KDP President Masoud Barzani.
In a joint press conference following the meetings, KDP political bureau secretary Fazil Mirani said the joint delegations from Fatih and State of Law suggested forming the largest coalition in the new Iraqi government with Kurdish factions as well as some Sunni factions.
Mirani said the formation of a government inclusive to all components is a common point shared between the KDP and the Shia delegation. He added that the KDP could not have the final say on the matter until the final election results are announced.
Hassan Sned, a senior member in the State of Law faction, said they discussed the new political process with the KDP as well as ways to resolve stranded issues.
He added that the Shia delegation shares several common points with the KDP.
Fatih spokesperson Ahmed al-Assadi, who accompanied the Shia delegation, stressed the need to expedite the process of forming the new Iraqi cabinet “to serve all of Iraq.”
“Our message to Kurdistan parties in the new Iraqi government is that we are people of the same country. Iraq suffers from many problems,” he told Kurdistan 24.
The Shia delegation is also expected to visit Sulaimani and meet with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and other Kurdish parties.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany