The parliament of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region has sworn in Nechirvan Barzani, the prime minister of the region, as its president, in an attempt to complete the formation of the cabinet of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
The Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s spokesperson expressed Erbil’s opposition to the armed groups that threaten the neighboring states, stressing that the KRG does not allow such groups to use its territory for moves against Iran and Turkey.
Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said it abides by a recent top court ruling that bans any secession from the mainland, expressing hope that the decision will set the stage for dialog between Baghdad and Erbil.
Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani has announced he will step down as president of the region's government in November, after an independence referendum he championed backfired and triggered a regional crisis.
Head of the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi called for Iran and Turkey's swift response in addressing the need for preserving Iraq’s territorial integrity following Kurdistan region’s insistence on separation.
The acting editor-in-chief of The Tehran Times said an earlier referendum on the Kurdish region would have alleviated the need for Americans and Zionists to form a crisis between Qatar and Persian Gulf littoral states.
Turkey, Iran and Iraq will soon hold high-level talks on the recent referendum conducted by the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government, the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım told reporters on Thursday.
Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Tuesday that the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan region will cause a new tension in the region, adding that it is Israel’s policy to partition the Middle East.
The Iraqi government will not hold talks with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) about the results of Monday's ‘unconstitutional’ referendum on independence in northern Iraq, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said.