Arabic | Kurdish



Iraqi PM Abadi meets Nechirvan Barzani for first time since failed referendum

2018/01/20 | 20:10

(Iraq Now News)-

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (L) met Kurdistan region PM Nechirvan Barzani for the first time on Saturday in Baghdad since the autonomous northern Kurdish region’s failed attempt to secede, January 20, 2018.

Photo: Courtesy/Iraqi PM office

BAGHDAD,— Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met Kurdistan regional government counterpart Nechirvan Barzani for the first time on Saturday since the autonomous northern region’s failed attempt to secede.

Since Kurdish voters returned a resounding “yes” in a referendum on independence last September 25, the federal government in Baghdad has taken retaliatory measures.

These include an air blockade of international flights to the Kurdish region’s two main airports, to remain in effect until the end of February.

Abadi has also sent Iraqi troops to retake areas disputed between Baghdad and Kurdish regional capital Erbil, including oilfields from which the Kurds derived the bulk of their revenue.

After a months-long frosty standoff, the two sides are now talking again and Kurdish officials including a minister have visited Baghdad.

On Saturday Barzani, accompanied by his deputy premier and the chief of staff of the Kurds’ former president Massud Barzani, “discussed the political and security situation and ways of settling disputes” with Abadi, the Iraqi premier’s office said.

Abadi had strongly opposed the Kurdish referendum, insisting on Iraqi unity and government control of airports and border posts in Kurdistan.

Baghdad wants to regain control of the area’s three border posts between Iraq and Iran, as well as Fishkhabur on the borders of Iraq, Syria and Turkey, through which Iraqi oil flows to the Turkish port of Ceyhan.

Later on Saturday, Barzani will visit Iran, which also opposed the independence referendum given its own Kurdish minority.

Read more about Independent Kurdistan state

Copyright ©, respective author or news agency, AFP

Comments

Comments

ekurd.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Haider-Abadi-Nechirvan-Barzani-Baghdad-Jan-20-2018-courtesy-pmo-iq-300x240
Note: The post (Iraqi PM Abadi meets Nechirvan Barzani for first time since failed referendum) appeared first on (Ekurd) and do not necessarily reflect the position of IraqNow.news.
You can read the original text from the source (Ekurd).








Trending Now


⋙ Kirkuk: Kurds removed from 47 posts since October 16

⋙ Mario Lopez Shares a Picture With Eva Longoria‘s Baby

⋙ Interest Rates to Remain Unchanged in Egypt Despite Turkish Lira Crisis

⋙ Momo Challenge Suicide Game Targets the Youth

⋙ Israel demolishes Palestinian residential apartment buildings in East Jerusalem

Videos - Photos

⋙ ISIS asks for ceasefire in east Sweida as Syrian troops advance (video)

⋙ Erdogan vows to stand by Iraq in fight against terror groups (video)

⋙ Gina Rodriguez Shares New Photo for her Engagement Ring


ISIS News

⋙ ISIS asks for ceasefire in east Sweida as Syrian troops advance (video)

⋙ Erdogan vows to stand by Iraq in fight against terror groups (video)

⋙ Interest Rates to Remain Unchanged in Egypt Despite Turkish Lira Crisis

⋙ How can Turkey tackle its financial crisis?

⋙ Water crisis turns Iraq’s once abundant farmland to desert

⋙ ISIS asks for ceasefire in east Sweida as Syrian troops advance (video)

⋙ Two ISIS terrorists arrested in Anbar