Coordination Framework’s delegation meets PUK, KDP in Erbil

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — A delegation from the Coordination Framework including some of the Iraqi parties met with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Erbil on Wednesday.

The delegation led by leader of State of Law Alliance Nouri al-Maliki arrived in the Kurdistan Region’s capital on Wednesday morning.

A high-level PUK delegation including members of the party’s politburo Qubad Talabani and Imad Ahmed met with the Coordination Framework in Erbil.

They discussed the latest political developments in Iraq as well as the country’s phase after the October parliamentary election and efforts to form a new government, a statement from both sides said.

They stressed the need to continue efforts to bring the political parties closer so as to achieve public interests, the statement read.

They also stressed “partnership and balance in the process of governance,” the statement said.

“We are with solving the issues through dialogue and unification for the people of Iraq in general,” the PUK delegation told the Shia leaders, according to the statement.

A PUK delegation will also visit Baghdad to hold talks with the political parties to further discuss the formation of a new government.

Earlier, the Coordination Framework’s delegation met with KDP leader Masoud Barzani upon their arrival to Erbil.

The Coordination Framework includes State of Law Alliance, al-Fatih Alliance led by Hadi al-Amiri, Ata Movement, National Forces Alliance, Haquq Movement and Fadhila party.

Iraqi parties have begun negotiations on the formation of a new government following the announcement of final results of the October elections in Iraq.

Sadrist movement led by Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr won 73 seats in the 329-seat house. State of Law Alliance won 33 seats, while al-Fatih Alliance secured 17 seats.

Earlier this month, leaders from Coordination Framework held a meeting with Sadr in Baghdad to discuss election results.

Analysts have warned that – in a country still recovering from decades of war and chaos, and where most parties have armed wings – political disputes could spark a dangerous escalation.

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