Germany’s Merkel Supports KRG’s Constitutional Rights in Iraq

KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Germany, Dec. 18, 2017 © KRG

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday reiterated her support for Kurdistan Region’s constitutional rights, and urged Baghdad to return to talks with Erbil.

Merkel also welcomed Erbil’s initiative to resolve disputes with Baghdad through peaceful talks and not military means. For that, she said, Germany is monitoring the situation between Erbil and Baghdad.

Barzani, in return, thanked Germany for its support for the Kurdistan Region. He also called on the EU, especially Germany, to pressure Baghdad on accepting Erbil’s initiative for dialogue within the framework of the Iraqi constitution.

The Kurdish premier, accompanied by a senior delegation, arrived in Germany on Sunday. He earlier on Monday held separate meetings with Sigmar Gabriel, the German Minister of Foreign Affairs.

He also discussed the latest political and security developments in Iraq and Kurdistan Region with the parliamentary committees for defence and foreign affairs.

Source: BasNews

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