Erbil, 8 September 2022 (TDI): The US Assistant Secretary of State Barbara Leaf pays an official visit to Iraqi Kurdistan after holding numerous meetings in Baghdad, Iraq. In an announcement by the US Embassy in Baghdad, Assistant Secretary Leaf met the prominent Kurdish leader, Massoud Barzani.

Assistant Secretary Leaf put forward the main point of resolving the political crisis to the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Barzani. Both agreed that resolving of political crisis is important for the security, stability, and sovereignty of Iraq.

Visiting to bring common ground among the Iraqi communities, A. Secretary Leaf emphasized the importance of unity among the Iraqi Kurds. She emphasized the importance of the point that unity among all the Kurdish parties will secure a prosperous and strongly democratic future.

Meeting with President and Deputy PM of Iraqi Kurdistan

The Deputy Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan, Qubad Talabani welcomed Assistant Secretary of State and the US Ambassador, Alina L. Romanowski.

There was a brief discussion on governance and oil-related issues. The Deputy Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan added that matters in Iraq must be solved through the constitution. He also assured the working on a mutual basis with the government in Baghdad and the international community.

The President of Iraqi Kurdistan, Nechirvan Barzani was also interacted with by Assistant Secretary Leaf. The issues of water distribution and management in Iraqi Kurdistan came to focus.

Assistant Secretary Leaf stated that the US will support both administrations based in Baghdad and Erbil. She also stressed the comprehensive formation of an inclusive government.

The resolution of the energy issues was also discussed that is ongoing in between the governments in Erbil and Baghdad.

Meeting with PUK’s Leadership

Similar issues were also stressed in the discussion of Assistant Secretary Leaf with the leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Pavel Talabani. Issues of security in the Kurdistan region with the leadership of PUK.

US and Internal Crisis in Iraq

Assistant Secretary Leaf visited Iraq on an official visit for assisting the leaders in Iraq to resolve the political crisis. The Federal Government of Iraq in Baghdad and the regional government in the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan are facing a dispute on energy distribution.

The US official stated that the US will support local regional security forces of Iraqi Kurdistan to strengthen security measures.

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