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Barham Salih - Kosrat Rasul meeting yields no return to PUK for CDJ

By Rudaw 14/9/2018
PUK acting head Kosrat Rasul (left) and CDJ founder Barham Salih meet in Sulaimani on September 14, 2018. Photo: Kosrat Rasul FB
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.

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Hama | 14/9/2018
What's that rat Bafel Talabani and his other brother doing there? He is the traitor who sold Kirkuk. He has no place sitting next to noble people like Barham and Kosrat. At the very least he should sit on the ground like a dog.
degas | 14/9/2018
encouraging looks very promising telling by the face impressions. (sarcasm) next meeting scheduled before end of this triassic calendar? (seriously asking)
see you after brextt punk | 14/9/2018
Another pointless meeting We reached very pointless conclusions to have more pointless meetings to agree on more pointless conclusions. Having a pointless meeting dosent make the meeting pointless you know. Politically speaking.
Gunrash | 14/9/2018
Look at the scum Bafel and Lahur at the table, pure smugness and treachery dripping off their wretched faces. May your fate be an ugly one.
Muraz Adzhoev | 14/9/2018
This is nothing but an absolutely cynical and insolent mockery of the national and patriotic sense of the People of Southern Kurdistan. The People, the sovereign authorities, the leading true patriotic political and national military (Peshmerga) forces of Kurdistan will never let opportunists and traitors divide the Homeland. Southern Kurdistan will be cleared soon, become reintegrated and independent from external and internal enemies.
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