President Barzani Discusses Iraq and Regional Issues with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Jones
Ambassador Jones, who has been engaged in talks in Baghdad for the last two days, said the United States remains committed to supporting both Iraq and the KRG within the bounds of the Strategic Framework Agreement signed in 2008 between Iraq and the United States.

President Barzani said the KRG is prepared for engagement with Baghdad to address these outstanding issues but that there needs to be practical steps taken to demonstrate good will, and not just statements. In particular, he said that practical steps need to be taken on urgent issues such as the passing of hydrocarbons legislation, the holding of a long-overdue census, and implementation of Artice-140 of the Constitution, as demanded by the Constitution and per agreements between the KRG and Baghdad.