ERBIL— Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Chancellor Masrour Barzani on Wednesday met with Iraqi National Congress (INC) senior officials where he highlighted the need to find a new form of relations with the Iraqi government.
In the meeting in Pirmam Parish of Erbil, Barzani and the visiting delegation, led by INC Secretary General Aras Habib Karim, discussed the latest developments in the battle against the Islamic State (IS), the arrangements for Kurdistan Region’s referendum on independence in September, the forthcoming Iraqi elections and the suspended issues between Erbil and Baghdad.
The current political situation and the factors triggering extremism in Iraq and deep-rooted issues with the Kurdistan Region were also spotlighted in the meeting.
In this regard, KRSC Chancellor reiterated the need for “frank and serious talks” with Baghdad.
Barzani noted “the correct path to breakthrough and settle the issues is to admit to the mistakes in the past, [to admit] that the form of the relations was not practical.”
“Therefore, to resolve the historic issues in this country [Iraq], it’s necessary to work to find and draw a new form of relations and friendship through dialogue,” he added.
For their part, the INC delegation agreed that a new form of relations should be worked out.
They also stated they understand the determination of the people of Kurdistan for running the independence referendum.
The delegation also thanked Kurdistan Peshmerga forces for the sacrifices they made in liberating the IS-held area.