PUK acting head Kosrat Rasul (left) and CDJ founder Barham Salih meet in Sulaimani on September 14, 2018. Photo: Kosrat Rasul FB
SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region — Patriotic Union of Kurdistan acting leader Kosrat Rasul hosted the head of the Coalition for Democracy and Justice Barham Salih and high-level PUK leaders on Friday, agreeing to hold more meetings.
"In the meeting, both sides emphasized resolving the crisis of Kurdistan and the problems that have faced the people, within the framework of a multifaceted political agreement to reorganize the internal house of Kurdistan with the participation of forces and political sides,” read a joint statement from CDJ and PUK.
The meeting occurred a day after the PUK leadership council said it welcomed
CDJ overtures to reconcile with the PUK.
In addition to Salih and Rasul, attendees included Lahur Talabany, Bafel Talabani, Arsalan Bayiz, Rebwar Karim, and Parwen Babakir.
“It was decided for the meetings to continue,” the statement added.
Salih formed the CDJ in 2017. They won two seats in Iraq’s parliamentary election on May 12. The PUK won 18.
It is speculated that the former deputy secretary of the PUK, Salih, would be nominated for the post of the Iraqi presidency if he returned.
CDJ, however, slammed as "gossip" the PUK's claim the party wanted to reconcile.
The PUK is yet to hold a congress to choose a successor following the death of Jalal Talabani in 2017.
At a PUK leadership council meeting in March, Salih was omitted from the interim politburo, along with former Kirkuk governor Najmaldin Karim and former party spokesman Azad Jundyani.
Updated at 1:19 p.m.