Shiite delegation visits Erbil to discuss national reconciliation with Kurds

Shiite National Alliance head Ammar al-Hakim meets with KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, 4 February 2017, (Bas News)

A delegation from the Shiite National Alliance headed by Ammar al-Hakim arrived in the Kurdistan Region on Saturday to meet with Kurdish officials including KRG President Masoud Barzani.

According to Kurdish news agency Rudaw, the delegation is visiting to discuss national reconciliation and the future of Mosul following expected capture of the city from the Islamic State.

The Shiite National Alliance launched its project, called the National Settlement aimed at the restructuring of Iraq after the defeat of IS, a year ago.

“The objective behind this initiative is to preserve Iraq and strengthen it as an independent state and as a sovereign, united, federal, and democratic country,” a document from the alliance reads.

The alliance’s project rejects the secession of the Kurdish north, something which the Kurdistan Regional Government’s president and prime minister have been demanding more vociferously recently.

Visiting Baghdad in September 2016, Masound Barzani, following a meeting with Iraq Prime Minister Heidar al-Abadi had said all issues would be resolved through mutual understanding.

The KRG has accused the central government of withholding the region’s budget while Baghdad has said the unilateral sale of oil by the Kurdistan Region parliament is a violation of the agreement between parties. The disagreement between Erbil and Baghdad has led to mass unemployment and financial turmoil in the KRG.