On July 23, 2022 Prime Minister Masrour Barzani met Prime Minister of the Iraqi Federal Government Mustafa Al-Kadhimi in Baghdad. During the meeting, they discussed all national affairs and issues that concern the lives of Iraqi citizens and the provision of services and ways to continue joint work between Baghdad and Erbil in a way that achieves food security for all Iraqis and ensures a decent life for them.
The two sides expressed their strong condemnation of the Turkish aggression on Iraqi territory, especially the recent attack that claimed the lives of many innocent citizens. They also stressed the importance of a unified vision to deal with the attack, and investigate its circumstances, in a way that fortifies Iraq’s sovereignty and prevents violating it in the future.
Security coordination between the federal security forces and the forces of the Kurdistan region of Iraq was also discussed, as well as the importance of continuing to confront the threat of ISIS and other terrorist organizations, and ensuring that they do not threaten the security of Iraqis again.
The two sides also discussed ways to tackle the effects of the economic challenges suffered by the world and the region and the importance of creating the appropriate atmosphere for economic development. Accordingly, they emphasized the need to strengthen cooperation and joint coordination between the federal government and the regional government to attract investments and maximize revenues. In this context, it was agreed to increase dialogue between the Federal Ministry of Oil and the Ministry of Natural Resources in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to address the outstanding issues and continue working to reach common solutions, and achieve a state of integration in the management of the oil resources, in a manner that serves the interest of the Iraqi people.
The Prime Ministers stressed the importance of working as one team and focusing on common interests in a way that achieves security, stability, and prosperity for all Iraqi people.
During the trip to Baghdad Prime Minister Barzani also met with Mohammed al-Halbousi, the Speaker of the Council of Representatives of Iraq discussing the latest developments in Iraq and the wider region, as well as relations between Erbil and Baghdad. The Prime Minister also held a meeting with the President of the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council, Faiq Zidan discussing the importance of resolving outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad in accordance with the Constitution.