U.S. Welcomes Political & Diplomatic Initiatives Today in Baghdad

Press Statement – Jean Psaki – Department Spokesperson – Washington, DC

December 25, 2013The United States welcomes the meeting today in Baghdad between Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Nechirvan Barzani, Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

We strongly support the efforts by all parties to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement to increase oil exports and share revenues equitably with all Iraqis consistent with the Iraqi constitution. We further urge all parties to view the meeting today as a positive step forward and to continue their active engagement to promote prosperity for all Iraqi citizens in a manner that bolsters the stability of a unified and federal Iraq.