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 Iraqi Kurdistan's opposition leader Nawshirwan Mustafa returns after talks with Iranian officials

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Iraqi Kurdistan's opposition leader Nawshirwan Mustafa returns after talks with Iranian officials  5.7.2012 



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Iraqi Kurdistan's opposition leader Nawshirwan Mustafa (L) met with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, July 2, 2012. Photo MEHR
July 5, 2012

SULAIMANIYAH, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — The general coordinator of the Kurdistan Region’s Movement for Change (Gorran) opposition party met with Iranian officials this week to discuss the ongoing political disputes between Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. For the first time, Nawshirwan Mustafa met with Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, parliament speaker Ali Larijani and Saeed Jalili, head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council.

The political situation in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region remains tense. Political leaders want to withdraw confidence from Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the PM is expected to be questioned before Iraq’s Parliament. No members of the Change Movement signed the request to withdraw confidence from Maliki. The party believes Kurds should not get involved in the conflict. The Change Movement says it is committed to dialogue.

Mustafa’s visit follows an invitation from Tehran, which Iranian ambassador to Baghdad Hassan Danaifar gave to Mustafa in May. The Movement for Change holds 25 seats in the 111-seat Kurdish parliament. The party has been critical of the current semi-autonomous Kurdish government, most recently on the region’s national budget.

Iran’s Foreign Minister said the republic wants to consult with all Iraqi political groups and parties. He stressed the need for solidarity and unity between political groups in Iraq. The minister also described relations between Iran and the Kurdistan Region as good and underlined the need for the further relations,www.ekurd.net especially in the infrastructural, economic, and trade sectors. Change Movement leader Mustafa thanked Iran for the support it has provided to Iraq.

With only 25 seats, the Movement for Change is the strongest opposition force in the Kurdistan Region. Its involvement with Iran is a clear indication of the party’s growing status. Now Iran will use the party to resolve the political conflicts on the ground and send a clear message that politics is not possible without the Change Movement.

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