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PM Barzani welcomes Iran role in dialogue with Baghdad

By Rudaw 16/7/2017
Iran’s ambassador to Iraq, Iraj Masjedi, met with Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. Photo: KRG
Iran’s ambassador to Iraq, Iraj Masjedi, met with Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. Photo: KRG
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Iran’s new ambassador to Iraq, Iraj Masjedi, in Erbil on Sunday.
 
The two spoke about outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad with Barzani telling the Iranian representative that the Islamic Republic could play a positive role, according to a statement released by the Kurdistan government. 

Resolving the problems between the central and regional governments “needs serious dialogue,” the statement recounted of their meeting. “And the Islamic Republic of Iran can play a positive role in this regard.”

Masjedi, in turn, spoke of the need to develop relations between Erbil and Tehran in every field.
 
“The Islamic Republic of Iran assisted the Kurdistan Region at difficult times and will now try in every way to help settle the problems between Erbil and Baghdad through dialogue. He also reiterated his country’s support for the friendship between the Kurdistan Region and the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the statement detailed.
 
Masjedi, who has ties with Iran’s elite Quds force, arrived in Baghdad in April. 

Following his meeting with Barzani, he reportedly met with members of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). 

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FAUthman | 16/7/2017
That is very good news indeed. Having good relations with Iran is extremely useful if not totally essential! PM Barzani is very talented negotiator, can please Iran without compromising core Kurdish concerns and aspirations. Both would want to stabilize the region promote growth and security, so they have lots of common grounds to share and nobody can influence Baghdad like the Iranians can!
Muraz Adzhoev | 16/7/2017
Problems between Erbil and Baghdad can be, must be and will be settled through bilateral negotiations between independent Southern Kurdistan and new Iraq. Iran has to wait for the self-determination referendum on reintegration and independence of Southern Kurdistan. Iran must respect the democratic, legitimate national will of the People of Southern Kurdistan.
yassir fekaiki | 16/7/2017
Would the Kurds want to break away from Iraq or be doing seeking independence without independence if the Land they are living on had NO resources what so ever, be it Gold, Oil or anything else of value????
IranMan | 16/7/2017
The KRG has become a breeding, training and a refuge for the Iranian Kurdish terrorist groups. The KRG must show its good neighborly intention by stopping to help these terrorists. Until then "all options are on the table".
Dler | 17/7/2017
@IranMan, listen little man you're no superpower so don't try to copy phrases from them, even broken Iraq has a better air force than you! :). Now go feed and employ half your population that are living under the poverty line before you bark borrowed phrases at us

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