KRG interior minister visits Baghdad for talks on Sinjar

File – KRG Minister of Interior Rebar Ahmed speaks in a press conference. (Anadolu Agency)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Kurdistan Region’s Minister of Interior Rebar Ahmad will visit Baghdad on Friday for talks on the security situation in Sinjar.

The Regional government minister said in a tweet that he would finalize an agreement with the federal to restore stability to Sinjar.

“Will be in Baghdad tomorrow to finalize an agreement with the Federal Government to normalize the situation and restore stability in Sinjar district,” Ahmed said on Thursday night.

Islamic State (ISIS) overran the Yazidi faith’s heartland of Sinjar in the Kurdistan Region in 2014, forcing young women into servitude as “wives” for its fighters and massacring men and older women.

The militants shot, beheaded, burned alive or kidnapped more than 9,000 members of the minority religion, in what the United Nations has called a genocidal campaign against them. According to community leaders, more than 3,000 Yazidis remain unaccounted for.

On Wednesday, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani called for the normalization of the security situation in Sinjar to allow Yazidis to return to the district.

“I … urge for the normalization of the security situation in Shingal to allow Yazidi refugees and IDPs to safely return to their ancestral homes with pride and dignity,” Barzani said.

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