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Iraqi MP: Maliki and Barzani Are Close to Solving Oil Dispute

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (R) and Iraqi Kurdish President Masoud Barzani (L) talk as they hold a joint news conference in Baghdad, July 7, 2013. Barzani visited Baghdad on Sunday for the first time in more than two years, in a symbolic step to resolve disputes between the central government and the autonomous region over land and oil. The visit follows an equally rare trip by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki who met Barzani in Kurdistan last month, breaking ice between leaders who have repeatedly accused each other of violating the constitution.   REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

MPs from the ruling State of Law Coalition and the Kurdistan Alliance confirmed the presence of positive vibes between the federal government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Erbil regarding the possibility of passing the Oil and Gas Law, which governs the management of oil wealth in the country. …

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US Vice President Biden Welcomes Barzani-Maliki Meeting

US Vice President calls President Barzani and PM Maliki, welcoming their meetings.

Vice President Joe Biden spoke separately by phone with the President of Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the White House reported late on Thursday. Biden congratulated Barzani and Maliki on their recent exchange of visits, “which marked an important warming in relations between Baghdad and Erbil,” the …

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Barzani’s Goodwill Baghdad Tour

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (R) meets with Iraqi Kurdish President Massoud Barzani (L) in Baghdad, July 7, 2013. Photo by REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Kurdistan Region of Iraq President Massoud Barzani’s visit to Baghdad on July 7 carries many connotations. It also reflects an Iraqi environment favorable to dialogue, not only to resolve the problems between Erbil and Baghdad, but also to address the ongoing Iraqi crises at various levels. Barzani’s visit to Baghdad sought to end …

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