(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE SAUDI NEWS AGENCY ASHARQ AL-AWSAT)
Headed by Ahmed al-Sadr, son of the movement’s leader Moqtada, the delegation was welcomed in Irbil by President Masoud al-Barzani.
The president’s media officer Kifah Mahmoud told Asharq Al-Awsat that the two sides discussed the political situation in Iraq and the ongoing war against ISIS in the city of Mosul.
They also tackled the post-ISIS phase, especially in Iraq, he revealed.
The Sadr delegation said that they are making preparations for the upcoming elections, he said.
Meanwhile, Kirkuk governor Najm Eddine Karim announced that Baghdad is not offering any aid to the city.
He told reporters during a celebration in honor of Kurdish journalism: “There are over half a million refugees in Kirkuk, including 30,000 families that have fled al-Huweija district.”
“This is posing a major burden on the city and the residents are sharing medicine, water, electricity and other services with these refugees. Their patience will not last long,” he warned.
He therefore demanded that Baghdad work on allowing the displaced to return to the liberated areas “as soon as possible.”
“The delay in liberating al-Huweija does not serve Kirkuk or Iraq,” Karim said.
He said that Baghdad’s aid to refugees in Kirkuk is so slim that it is bordering on nonexistent, urging the Iraqi government and Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to seriously address Kirkuk’s demands.
“Everyone in Baghdad and anywhere else should know that the residents of Kirkuk will not accept this attitude,” he warned.