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PUK official: US unhappy with Kurdistan political stalemate

By Rudaw 23/11/2015
A screen grab of Antony Blinken with Barham Salih prior to  Monday's meeting. Rudaw footage
A screen grab of Antony Blinken with Barham Salih prior to Monday's meeting. Rudaw footage

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Barham Salih, the deputy secretary-general of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), met with US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Erbil Monday to discuss the current political situation of the Kurdistan region and the fight against ISIS.

"The USA is not happy with the political stalemate of the Kurdistan region," Salih told Rudaw, following his meeting with Blinken.

The political stalemate in the Kurdistan region broke out when the speaker of the Kurdistan parliament, Yousif Mohammed, was blocked by the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party from entering Erbil on October 12. His denial of entry followed a series of demonstrations that took place in Sulaimani in early October over the delayed salaries of civil servants and a presidential impasse over Kurdistan region President Masoud Barzani's term, which officially ended on August 19.

Blinken met with Salih before he conducted meetings with Nechirvan Barzani, the prime minister of the Kurdistan region, and Masoud Barzani.

According to information obtained by Rudaw, Blinken discussed the fight against ISIS with both Barzanis, but the US' anger at political disputes between the main Kurdish political parties was the central point in his discussions with Salih.

Meanwhile, Fuad Hussein, the Barzani chief of staff, told Rudaw that "[Blinken] did not discuss the political stalemate with Masoud Barzani or Nechirvan Barzani, but rather most of the focus was on the fight against ISIS and economic crisis of the Kurdistan region."

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Muraz Adzhoev | 23/11/2015
The deputy Secretary of State purposefully discussed the problem concerning the political stalemate in Kurdistan only with those who are to be blamed for.
Dutchman | 24/11/2015
Is anyone, except Deash, happy with this political stalemate?
Stewee Guy
Stewee Guy | 24/11/2015
Not only US, No body is happy about this mess. It's high time for our politicians to put their act together. Kurdistan's people interests should be before anything else. It's shame to families interest before Kurdistan's interests. Let's learn from the Arabs mess.
kurt basar | 24/11/2015
Why should he or majority of the Kurds to be happy for? at these historical times where the savage believers of the looter bedouin Arab camel driver at their doors, Kurds are fighting among themselves for their interest of the bounty which they don't have yet. The ISIL savage criminals destroyed the shingal & Rojava, killed ten thousands of the Kurds, kidnapped, raped & sold Kurdish girls naked at the savage Arabs bazaars. But my Kurdish friends are still fighting among themselves for bounty & their differences over the ideological & religion believes, which could make them to miss this opportunity for an independent sovereign Kurdish state. Those hard headed Kurdish leaders better unite & work together for the benefit of the Kurds, because this is era of the Kurds for "to be or not to be", otherwise they will be at the mercy of the Salafi Turks and their allies, who are savage terrorists of the Sunni Muslim brotherhood.
rahim | 24/11/2015
I am a kurd and worry about the political stalemate and expect those politicians resolve the stalemate before the enemies of Kurdistan can exploite the situation more than it is. Long live Kurdistan .

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