German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel gave a press statement with Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq Nechirvan Barzani in Berlin on Monday morning, upon the Prime Minister's arrival in Germany. Gabriel stressed that it is «important that we counsel in difficult times like these». He went on to praise the defeats against the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) this year... Еще, saying «the liberation of Mosul and other cities are definite examples of the successful fight against the terror organisation». Gabriel called for tensions between Erbil, the capital and largest city of Kurdistan Region in Iraq, and Baghdad need to be abolished and that he hopes that Baghdad accepts the offer of dialogue from Erbil. Tensions between Iraq and the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) have been strained since a contentious independence referendum on 20 September 2017 resulted in Baghdad recapturing the contested oil-rich city of Kirkuk from Kurdish control. The aftermath of the referendum also saw the closure of Erbil's international airports.