PUK, KDP reiterate commitments to protect Kurdistan, hold elections, endure Peshmerga reforms

Logos of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and Kurdistan Democratic Party

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) on Sunday reiterated their commitments to protect the Kurdistan Region, hold elections, and endure the reforms within the Peshmerga, according to a statement.

The Kurdistan Region ruling parties, the PUK and the rival KDP held a meeting in Sulaimani’s Dabashan area earlier today in light of the recent developments.

The two sides discussed the general situation of Iraq, as well as the Kurdistan Region, according to a joint statement released after the meeting.

They also stressed protecting the Kurdistan Region’s entity and its constitutional rights.

“We will do our utmost to face the challenges for the sake of the people’s livelihood and resolving the issues,” the statement said.

“Both sides support holding the Region’s parliamentary electionso n the date decided by the Kurdistan Region’s president,” the statement added.

It further indicated that the PUK and KDP agreed to set aside the “small” differences to further serve the people.

“We decided to endure reforms within the Peshmerga forces.”

In the meantime, the pair reiterated their support for the deals signed between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Iraqi government.

They also said that they will continue their bilateral meetings, including all inter-party meetings with a “patriotic spirit”.

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