Nechirvan Barzani: The application of Article 140 is the best solution

Nechirvan Barzani: The application of Article 140 is the best solution

22/01/2018 – 16:26

Nechirvan Barzani - The application of Article 140 is the best solutionThe Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region, Najirvan Barzani, the content of his meetings and meetings in both Baghdad and Tehran, and that the meeting of the Council of Ministers of the region was dedicated to this issue.

During a weekly press conference following the cabinet meeting, Barzani said he had discussed in Baghdad with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi about three outstanding files between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad.

Pointing out that he stressed to Abadi during the meeting on the importance of resolving controversial issues on the basis of the Constitution, describing the talks as “positive” and said: «We want a solution to the problems seriously».

He disclosed that he discussed in Baghdad the files of salaries, oil, airports and land crossings.

“We are continuing contacts to find a complete solution to the problems between Baghdad and Kurdistan,” he said, adding that “there is no specific date for solving problems or opening airports and finishing the payroll file.” But the meetings are a new beginning towards solving problems”.

The Prime Minister of the region, that the Baghdad meeting dealt with the issue of reopening airports Erbil and Sulaymaniyah in front of international flights, and expressed the hope that the technical committee to resolve the problem.

Relations between Baghdad and Erbil were strained in the wake of the September 25 referendum on self-determination and won the support of the majority of the Kurds. The Iraqi government imposed a series of punitive measures against the province in the aftermath, including the closure of airports Erbil and Sulaymaniyah in front of international flights.

And on the Kurdish areas outside the administration of the region, or the so-called , explained Nechirvan Barzani, saying: «We discussed with the Iraqi Prime Minister the issue of disputed areas and the application of Article 140», and considered that the application of Article 140 is the best solution to the problems in these areas.

Popular militias and Iraqi security forces took control of the disputed areas of Kurdistan after the events of October 16, and the Peshmerga withdrew in order to avoid clashes with these militias.

As for the economic and financial rights of the Kurdistan Region, the Prime Minister of the region that the Iraqi constitution set the duties and rights of the Kurdistan Region on this issue, calling on the Iraqi government to abide by.

Baghdad has recently demanded the export of oil to the region through the company «Sumo» Iraqi, while required the territorial government to pay all the benefits of the Territory financial by Baghdad to accept it.

On the other hand, the Nigerian Barzani to his meetings in Tehran with senior Iranian officials, explaining that the Kurdistan Region seeks to develop relations with Iran, and increase trade exchange between Erbil and Tehran. Pointing out that he stressed to officials in Tehran on the historical relationship between the region and Iran, and invited them to play a role in resolving the differences between Erbil and Baghdad.

Barzani stressed that the Kurdistan Region does not accept in any way to be the starting point for any force to launch attacks on neighboring countries, especially Iran, and then return to the territory. Stressing that the region was and will remain a stabilizing factor in the region.

He pointed out that the Kurdistan Region seeks to develop economic relations with Iran and Turkey, stressing that «Iran and Turkey are neighboring countries and we seek to establish the best relations with them».

Regarding the Turkish attacks on Afrin, Nechirvan Barzani said that the region is very concerned about these attacks, calling for the solution of problems through dialogue, and to end operations with minimal losses.

Barzani also noted that he will hold a second meeting with the Iraqi prime minister and oil minister on the sidelines of the Davos World Economic Forum, which opens on Tuesday in Switzerland.

The Prime Minister of the region, Nechirvan Barzani, met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi in Baghdad on Saturday, ahead of a visit headed by a high-ranking delegation to Tehran, during which he met senior Iranian officials.