Barzani: "We Seek Independence Not Secession from Iraq"

30/09/2016 - 11:36

ERBIL — The Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said in a press conference in Baghdad on Thursday that "We have sought independence, not secession from Iraq."

Independence is the natural right of Kurds and can be achieved through dialogue with Baghdad, Barzani said in a joint press conference with Ammar al-Hakim, the leader of National Alliance.

Regarding the Mosul assault, Barzani said that the fight against terrorism is one of the top priorities ahead of the nation, affirming that Peshmerga and the Iraqi army have laid a plan to recapture the city of Mosul.

Barzani noted in the press conference that the economic crisis in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq has also been discussed in the meeting.

“We have agreed on close coordination between Erbil and Baghdad to overcome the crisis,” he said, explaining that the delegations from Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will visit Baghdad to reach a comprehensive solution.
Ammar al-Hakim also said that there is no better way for the solution to the disputes other than dialogue; therefore, "We need an open, serious, honest and constructive conversation between the both governments and among the political parties.

In response to a question regarding the Kurdish independence, Barzani said, “We seek independence, not secession from Iraq.

The Kurdistan Region delegation led by Barzani arrived in Baghdad on Thursday and met with a number of Iraqi senior officials including the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abaid, the Iraqi President Fuad Masum and other representatives of political parties in the Iraqi parliament.