President Masoud Barzani received a European Union delegation headed by Mr. Ramon Blecua, the E.U. ambassador to Iraq. During the meeting, President Barzani and ambassador Blecua discussed several issues including the relations between Baghdad and Erbil and the Kurdistan Independence Referendum.
President Barzani warmly welcomed the delegation and added that the Kurdistan Independence Referendum of last month was an expression of the will of the people of the Kurdistan Region, adding that the Kurdistan Region is fully aware that the referendum ought to be followed by negotiations with Baghdad. President Barzani also stated that he believes that through dialogue and negotiations with Baghdad, the two sides can reach conclusions for all of the outstanding issues between the two sides.
Ambassador Blecua agreed with President Barzani that through dialogue and negotiations, the two sides can resolve all of their issues. The ambassador also noted the need to be more united as we collectively face the terrorists of the Islamic State.