German Chancellor Angela Merkel [L], Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani [M] and his deputy Qubad Talabani [R] hold a meeting in Berlin on December 18, 2017. Photo: KRG
BERLIN, Germany –The KRG’s decision to respect Iraqi court rulings concerning the vote on independence and its calls for peaceful talks with the Iraqi government are “good will” gestures of the Kurdistan government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a meeting with Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani in Berlin.
Merkel expressed Germany’s support for “the constitutional rights of the Kurdistan Region within the framework of Iraq,” a statement from the KRG read on Monday.
The KRG has stated that it wants to hold talks with the government of Iraq, and respects all rulings of the Federal Court that cancelled the vote, concluded it was unconstitutional, and ruled that the Iraqi constitution does not allow secession.
“This shows the good will of the Kurdistan Region,” Merkel told the Kurdish delegation, the statement said.
“Chancellor Merkel hoped that every effort will be made to start talks between Erbil and Baghdad to solve the problems with Iraq and pointed to the fact that Germany is monitoring the situation,” it continued.
PM Barzani told the German chancellor that the KRG has always called for dialogue with Baghdad, but that it is the Iraqi government that has refused to enter such talks.
“It is necessary that countries who are friends, such as Germany, help Iraq and the Kurdistan Region so that they can start negotiation,” PM Barzani said at the meeting.
Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani and the chief of staff of the Kurdistan Region presidency Fuad Hussein also attended the meeting.
KRG’s visit to Germany became the second foreign visit for the KRG leadership, following their visit to France in early December.