Iraq: Kurds

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 14th March 2019.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to de-escalate tensions between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Iraqi authorities to reduce the risk of any further outbreak of violence in that region.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

​We continue to encourage improved relations between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Government of Iraq. I visited Iraq in January and held useful discussions with both Iraqi and KRG leaders. I welcomed steps towards normalisation between Baghdad and Erbil, including the reopening of the Kirkuk oil pipeline last November and the recent budget agreement between the KRG and Government of Iraq.

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