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Iraqi PM Abdul-Mahdi hosts KRG PM Barzani for first time in Baghdad

By Rudaw 7/2/2019
Adil Abdul-Mahdi (right), the premier of Iraq, hosts Kurdistan Regional Government PM Nechirvan Barzani in Baghdad on February 7, 2019. Photo: Rudaw TV
Adil Abdul-Mahdi (right), the premier of Iraq, hosts Kurdistan Regional Government PM Nechirvan Barzani in Baghdad on February 7, 2019. Photo: Rudaw TV
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi hosted Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) PM Nechirvan Barzani in Baghdad on Thursday.

This was Barzani's first meeting with Abdul-Mahdi since the latter became prime minister last year.

The meeting got off to a cordial start. They were relaxed and laughing while chatting in front of the cameras before going behind closed doors. 

Barzani thanked Abdul-Mahdi “for his efforts towards improving relations” between their two governments, according to a statement from the KRG. 

Relations between Erbil and Baghdad have improved dramatically since Abdul-Mahdi took the helm. The Iraqi parliament approved its 2019 budget with Kurdish backing and the Peshmerga and Iraqi army are in talks to conduct joint patrols in the disputed areas – two issues that have been major points of animosity. 

Barzani said that the KRG is ready to continue talks and resolve their problems. 

This “spirit of cooperation” between the federal and regional government is important for the program of Abdul-Mahdi’s government, his office stated in its own readout. 

Iraq’s Minister of Finance Fuad Hussein, Minister of Oil Thamer al-Ghadhban, and National Security Advisor Falih al-Fayadh were also in attendance, as was KRG Minister of the Interior Karim Sinjari. 
  



Updated 8:21 p.m.

Comments

 
OP | 7/2/2019
Well so far Abdul-Mahdi seems sincere in his dealing with KRG and well on his way to resolving most issues with Kurds. It seems promising, but we still remain very skeptical because Malaki was also like that when he needed Kurdish backing in the begging. Abadi on the other hans burned all his bridges with Kurds from the very beginning and paid the price, he was utterly useless in every regard, if it hadn't been for US and Iran, Iraq would've been be an ISIS caliphate now
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