PM Barzani welcomes Iran role in dialogue with Baghdad

Rudaw – Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Iran’s new ambassador to Iraq, Iraj Masjedi, in Erbil on Sunday.

The two spoke about outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad with Barzani telling the Iranian representative that the Islamic Republic could play a positive role, according to a statement released by the Kurdistan government.

Resolving the problems between the central and regional governments “needs serious dialogue,” the statement recounted of their meeting. “And the Islamic Republic of Iran can play a positive role in this regard.”

Masjedi, in turn, spoke of the need to develop relations between Erbil and Tehran in every field.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran assisted the Kurdistan Region at difficult times and will now try in every way to help settle the problems between Erbil and Baghdad through dialogue. He also reiterated his country’s support for the friendship between the Kurdistan Region and the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the statement detailed.

Masjedi, who has ties with Iran’s elite Quds force, arrived in Baghdad in April.

Following his meeting with Barzani, he reportedly met with members of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).