Kurdistan Democratic Party Delegation Holds Positive Meeting with Shia Coordination Framework in Baghdad
A delegation from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) engaged in a "positive" meeting with the Shia Coordination Framework (CF) in Baghdad, focusing on discussions related to the constitutional rights of the Kurdistan Region and seeking ways to resolve ongoing issues between Erbil and Baghdad.
Led by Fazil Mirani, a prominent figure within the KDP Politburo, the delegation emphasized the importance of implementing Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' al-Sudani's cabinet agenda to safeguard the constitutional rights of the Kurdistan Region. The meeting, held at the office of Iraqi Prime Minister Hadi al-Amiri, marked a significant step towards addressing crucial matters and reconciling differences within the framework of the constitution.
Faris Isa, who heads the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) representation in Baghdad, expressed his satisfaction with the meeting's outcome. He described the discussions as "very good" and "positive," underscoring the constructive dialogue that transpired between the two parties. Isa also highlighted the significance of the dialogue as a means to establish common ground and facilitate cooperation.
During the meeting, several key issues were addressed, demonstrating the commitment of both sides to resolve long-standing disputes. The Iraqi government reaffirmed its dedication to upholding the agreement between Erbil and Baghdad, and the implementation of the budget law was discussed in detail. The financial entitlements of the Kurdistan Region were also tackled as part of the deliberations. Notably, both sides aimed to reach a consensus regarding the timeline for passing the oil and gas law, which has been a point of contention in the past.
The positive response from leaders within the state administration coalition was evident throughout the meeting, signaling their willingness to engage in dialogue and work towards finding mutually acceptable solutions. The Shia Coordination Framework, an alliance of prominent Iraqi Shia parties formed after the October 2021 parliamentary elections, played a significant role in facilitating this dialogue. Comprising major Shia parties such as the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), the Badr Organization, and the Hikma Movement, the CF also enjoys support from certain armed groups, including the pro-Iran Hashd al-Shaabi.
This meeting marks a notable step forward in the ongoing efforts to address and resolve the complex relationship between Erbil and Baghdad. As both parties continue to engage in productive discussions, the prospect of finding lasting solutions and strengthening cooperation remains a distinct possibility.