Chancellor Masrour Barzani receives EU Ambassador to Iraq

Chancellor Masrour Barzani received today the EU Ambassador to Iraq, Mr. Ramon Blecua, to discuss regional developments and recent tensions between Kurdistan Region and the Federal Government in Baghdad.

Both officials discussed conditions necessary for dialogue in good faith between Erbil and Baghdad to address ongoing political differences. Chancellor Barzani called on the international community to join the process to break the current deadlock and prevent further hostilities. He also emphasized the need to address root causes of political disputes that preceded the war on ISIL.

Ambassador Blecua made clear EU supports direct, unconditional talks based on the Iraqi Constitution to solve recent disputes and begin long-term talks on key grievances.

Head of the EU Liaison Office in Erbil, Ms. Clarisse Pasztory, also attended the meeting.