A source from Iraq’s Interior Ministry confirmed to Rudaw that the Kurdish delegation will also meet with other ministers in Baghdad. Rudaw photo
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A KRG delegation is expected to meet with Iraq’s Interior Ministry in Baghdad on Saturday to discuss reopening Erbil and Sulaimani airports as well as addressing the border issue.
A source from Iraq’s Interior Ministry confirmed to Rudaw that the Kurdish delegation will also meet with other ministers in Baghdad.
KRG Interior Minister Karim Sinjari will head the Kurdish delegation, Rudaw has learned.
The past few weeks have seen the first real progress in rebuilding ties between Erbil and Baghdad and finding solutions to the many problems that plague their relations in the wake of Kurdistan’s independence vote and punitive measures adopted by the central government.
Technical delegations from Erbil and Baghdad have met in both capitals, largely discussing the matter of the central government paying the KRG’s civil servant salaries.
Delegations from three opposition parties, Gorran, the Islamic Group (Komal), and the newly founded Coalition for Democracy and Justice (CDJ) on the one hand, and Bafel Talabani, the eldest son of late Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and an influential member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), separately visited Baghdad earlier this month.
Both held talks with senior Baghdad officials, including Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, backed by international allies in Germany and France, has said on several occasions that his government is ready to engage in talks and resolve problems in accordance with the Iraqi constitution.