PM Barzani, PM al-Sudani hold pivotal talks in Baghdad

The high-level discussions underscored the imperative of addressing longstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad through adherence to the Iraqi constitution.
KRG PM Masrour Barzani (l) and Iraq's PM Mohammed Shia al-Sudani (R). (Photo: Kurdistan 24)
KRG PM Masrour Barzani (l) and Iraq's PM Mohammed Shia al-Sudani (R). (Photo: Kurdistan 24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan24) - In a significant diplomatic engagement, Prime Minister Masrour Barzani of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) met with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani in Baghdad on Thursday, May 30.

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The high-level discussions underscored the imperative of addressing longstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad through adherence to the Iraqi constitution.

A statement from the KRG highlighted that the talks encompassed the broader situation in Iraq and the necessity of constitutional solutions to the regional disputes.

Both leaders emphasized the importance of maintaining a constructive dialogue aimed at resolving issues to benefit all Iraqi communities and citizens.

Prime Minister Barzani's visit to Baghdad involved not only his meeting with Prime Minister Sudani but also consultations with other federal officials and key political leaders, marking a step forward in fostering cooperative relations between the Kurdistan Region and the central government.

Furthermore, Prime Minister Masrour Barzani arrived in Baghdad on Thursday morning to engage in discussions with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, other federal government officials, and leaders of Iraqi political parties.

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At the start of his visit, Barzani met with Iraqi National Security Advisor Qassem Al-Araji, and the two addressed questions from journalists during a press conference.

"It is very normal for us to come to Baghdad to meet and discuss with all responsible officials to resolve the remaining issues. Our first meeting was with Mr. Qassem Al-Araji, the Iraqi National Security Advisor, who is our dear brother," Barzani said.

"We will meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani and other officials of the Iraqi government and political parties to discuss some of the problems that remain between Erbil and Baghdad," he added.

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Another purpose of his visit is to "strengthen the good relations that are now on their way."

On Tuesday, May 14, the Iraqi Ministry of Finance deposited 168 billion dinars, and on Wednesday, May 15, deposited 443 billion dinars as the April salary for some ministries and institutions of the Kurdistan Region in the Erbil Branch of the Central Bank of Iraq.

However, the salaries for the Peshmerga Ministry and security forces have not yet been sent.

"We will discuss this, and it will be resolved, God willing," Barzani stated.