ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – A Kurdistan Region delegation of the two main ruling parties held series of meetings with high-ranked Iraqi officials.
On Wednesday, a delegation from the Kurdistan Region, consisting of representatives of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Region’s Presidency, visited Baghdad to discuss independence referendum and hoisting Kurdistan flag in Kirkuk.
The Kurdistan Region delegation met with the Iraqi President Fuad Masum, the Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jibouri, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and other political parties including al-Sadr Front, led by Moqtada al-Sadr and National Alliance, led by Ammar al-Hakim.
Fuad Hussein, the Chief of Staff to the Kurdistan Region Presidency, who accompanied the Region’s delegation to Baghdad revealed some details that were discussed in the meetings, stating that the meetings focused on holding the referendum in the Kurdistan Region and the recent Iraqi parliament’s decision against raising Kurdistan flag in Kirkuk.
Hussien said that the delegation has discussed the implementation of the Article 140 regarding the future of Kirkuk and other disputed areas, explaining Iraqi government has so far failed to abide by this article in the constitution.
Hussein added that "Our efforts are to de-escalate the situation particularly after the parliament’s decision against hoisting Kurdistan flag in Kirkuk."
The representative of Sadr front said in a joint press conference with the Kurdistan Region delegation that the Region has a special status within a federal country, stating that all matters need to be resolved through dialogue and common understanding.
Adnan Mufti, the representative of the PUK stated that "Our views did not sharply oppose those of the officials and political parties on different topics discussed in the meetings."
Mufti added that there was no possibility of taking down the Kurdistan flag since the decision was made by the Kirkuk Provincial Council which must be respected by others.
Editing by Ava Homa