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Readout of the meeting of Kurdistan Region Presidencies and Iraq’s President
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, October 12, 2020
Kurdistan Region’s three Presidencies and Iraq’s President held a meeting at the office of the Kurdistan Region President in Erbil on Monday.
The meeting covered the latest developments in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region and addressed the ongoing economic, security, and health-related hardships that have gripped Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. The meeting reiterated the support of the Kurdistan Region for the steps taken by the Federal Government and its relevant institutions to preserve security and stability in the country; particularly providing secure and stable conditions for diplomatic missions and embassies working in Iraq.
Discussions also shed light on the situation of the disputed territories, the implementation of article 140 of the constitution, the upcoming early elections in Iraq, and expressed support for relevant preparations to hold free and fair elections in the country. The meeting expressed support for the ongoing negotiations between the Federal Government and the Kurdistan Region on the disputed territories in order to find solutions that safeguard the rights of all citizens and secure a peaceful environment for all communities to coexist in these areas.
In the meeting, Iraq’s President Barham Salih, Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani, Vice President Mustafa Said Qadir, Kurdistan Region Parliament Speaker Rewaz Fayeq, and Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, reiterated their support for the recent agreement on the status of Shingal (Sinjar) between the Federal Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government including the return of the internally displaced.
They voiced their rejection to any effort aiming at changing the demography of the disputed territories and urged that the Federal Government of Iraq provide mechanisms for upholding peace and security in these areas. The meeting expressed its support for the ongoing negotiations between the Federal Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government and hailed the relevant efforts and the steps taken by both sides towards resolving the disagreements and the pending issues in a way that addresses the constitutional rights and claims of the people of Kurdistan Region, and Iraq.
Views were also exchanged on the latest developments in the Kurdistan Region in general, including the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications, especially on the economy of the Region.
The meeting stressed that surpassing the current hardships, preparing for future odds, and preserving the interests of the people of the Kurdistan Region require unity and consensus among all parties and communities in the Kurdistan Region.
The assassination of Dohuk security officer, Ghazi Salih Alikhani, was also denounced at the meeting.
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