SULAIMANI – Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani spoke by phone with Shia cleric leader Moqtada Sadr stressing the need to solve the issues between Baghdad and Erbil.
The office of the deputy premier said in a statement on Friday (November 10) that both sides discussed the security and political situation in the country.
Talabani and Sadr have stressed the issues between the region and Baghdad should be resolved according to the basis of Iraqi constitution, the statement read.
The Kurdish deputy prime minister said during the phone call that each side should act with responsibility to play a positive role to facilitate the “unwanted situation” in the country and make efforts to calm the situation in the disputed areas.
Since the referendum on Kurdistan independence in September, Baghdad has taken economic and military measures, shutting the region’s border points and seizing large swathes of territory disputed between Erbil and Baghdad.
In mid-October, Iraqi forces along with Hashid al-Shaabi launched an operation to take control of the disputed areas from the Kurdistan forces in the wake of the Kurdish referendum on independence.
KRG expressed readiness to hold talks with Baghdad to resolve the issues between both sides according to the Iraqi Constitution. However, the Iraqi government has not yet responded to their requests to meet.