On Monday, 6 April 2015, President Masoud Barzani welcomed a delegation from the Federal Government of Iraq headed by Prime Minister al-Abadi in Erbil. President Barzani and Prime Minister al-Abadi discussed the latest military advances by the Peshmerga forces, commending their achievements as well as those of the Iraqi armed forces in the city of Tikrit. The two sides also spoke of the upcoming operations especially regarding the liberation of Mosul from the hands of the terrorists of the Islamic State.
Prime Minister al-Abadi stated that the mutual interests of the Kurdistan Region and the Federal Government in Baghdad are far more significant than any obstacles. On his part, President Barzani stated that the cooperation between Erbil and Baghdad will continue and that the relations between the two will only be strengthened.
Prior to the completion of the Prime Minister’s visit to Erbil, President Barzani and Prime Minister al-Abadi visited the refugee camp of Bahrke in the outskirts of Erbil to see the current situation of IDPs from the Nineveh plains and other areas that have been under the control of the terrorists of the Islamic State. President Barzani and Prime Minister al-Abadi both stated to a number of families in the camp that their main priority is liberating their areas and ridding Iraq of terrorists.
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