Statement on President Barzani’s joint meeting with Kurdistan Region’s top officials

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, February 24, 2020

On Monday February 24, Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani chaired a meeting with the leaders of the main political parties in the Kurdistan Region. The meeting was attended by the Parliament Speaker, the KRG Prime Minister and the Kurdistan Region negotiating team for the formation of the incoming Iraqi federal cabinet.

The meeting discussed the outcomes of the recent visit made by the representatives of Kurdistani political parties to Baghdad, their talks with the Iraqi political parties and Prime Minister- designate Mr. Muhammad Allawi.

Following assessment and discussion of the outcome of the visit and in order to find solutions for the current situation in Iraq and also ensure an active participation in resolving the issues, the meeting reached the following conclusions:

First: We work to form a new government that enjoys the trust of all communities across Iraq, has the ability to solve the current problems in the country, makes serious efforts to restore stability and also makes preparations for an early election.

Second: The steps taken by Mr. Allawi so far have not earned the trust of many Iraqi parties and communities, therefore we ask that his work plan and agenda be revised in a way that the future government will address and meet the demands of all Iraqi communities.

Third: We insist on protecting the constitutional entity of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq and all its constitutional rights including the disputed areas. The Kurdistani communities and the Kurdistan Region’s official institutions are the only legitimate bodies that can designate the representatives of the Kurdistan Region to the Iraqi federal government on the basis of genuine national partnership, consensus and balance.

Fourth: Iraq is now facing serious domestic and foreign challenges and is passing through a dangerous historical turning point. Therefore, we urge all political leaders to join the negotiation table and reach a unified national decision.

Fifth: In order to achieve these objectives, the Kurdistan Region’s delegation will continue talks and exchange of ideas with all Iraqi political parties.

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