Chancellor Barzani receives Norway’s Special Envoy for the Middle East

Chancellor Masrour Barzani received today a high-level Norwegian delegation led by Special Envoy for the Middle East, Mr. Knut Lein, to discuss Erbil-Baghdad disputes and recent developments in the region.

During the meeting both officials emphasized the importance of continued bilateral relations between Kurdistan Region and Norway. Speaking about recent tensions, Chancellor Barzani stressed that the Constitution makes clear the military must not be used to settle political disputes.

He added using military means will escalate tensions, and called on Baghdad to accept Kurdistan’s calls for unconditional talks based on the full implementation of the Iraqi Constitution.

The delegates expressed support for a peaceful settlement based the Constitution. They called on Erbil and Baghdad to de-escalate tensions and focus on the post-ISIL phase in the country.