MESOP: HERO TALABANI’S CLEVER IDEA TO SEND HIM AWAY DOWN TO BAGHDAD – WITH COMPLIMENTS BY THE MULLAHS
Source: Iran Wants to Replace Iraqi President with Barham Salih / PUK senior official currently in Iran meeting Tehran leaders
Basnews | Hemin Salih – 12.05.2015 – ERBIL – During an official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran, Second Deputy Secretary General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Barham Salih met with the Iranian Parliament Speaker and other senior officials. They discussed a range of issues including plans to change the Iraqi President. A source told BasNews that Iran’s support for Fuad Masum against Barham Salih in the battle to become x President of Iraq had adversely affected relations between Salih and the Iranian government. “But Iran understands that Salih is a key player who can bring stability to Iraq.
“Iran is unhappy with disputes among the Shi’ite alliance in Iraq and they hope Salih could take on the role formerly held by Jalal Talabani and stabilise the situation.” Another source from the PUK told BasNews, “Barham Salih has no official position at the moment, but he has significant international influence and a strong relationship with Iraqi Shiite and Sunni leaders.” BasNews understands that Iran is preparing to nominate Barham Salih to replace the current Iraqi President and play a more active role among the Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis. The Islamic Republic of Iran is always looking to increase its influence among neighbouring countries, especially Iraq, to compete with the role of the West in the region.