Iraq: Iraqi-Kurdistan tensions on the table as Abadi and Tillerson meet in Bagdad

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed concerns over the tensions between Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan during his meeting with the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad, Monday. «We are concerned and a bit saddened by the recent differences that have immerged between the Kurdistan regional government and the Iraqi central government,» Tillerson said, adding that US encourages... Еще «both parties to enter into discussion and dialogue.» On his end, Abadi said that «the Kurdish people are appreciated first class citizens in Iraq» and that the recent Iraqi incursion in Kirkuk was to «send a strong message». Regarding the role of the «Popular Mobilization Forces» (PMF, or al-Hashd al-Sha'bi) in Iraq, Abadi noted that «it exists within the boundaries of the constitution» and added that «they represent hope for this country.»

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