Readout of Chancellor Barzani’s meeting with Finland Ambassador to Iraq

Chancellor Masrour Barzani met today Finland Ambassador to Iraq Paivi Laine and discussed issues of mutual interests, including bilateral relations, developments between Erbil and Baghdad, and the anti-ISIL campaign. The Chancellor welcomed Ambassador Laine’s support for immediate, direct talks based on the Iraqi Constitution and calls to deescalate military tensions. Chancellor Barzani said Kurdistan Region’s next chapter requires a strong, united front to secure its constitutional rights, including those afforded to peoples in Kurdistani areas outside of the Kurdistan Region. He noted ongoing discussions about early regional elections. Both officials also discussed measures to deny ISIL safe haven.