APPG member, Jack Lopresti MP asked the Foreign and Commonwealth Office through a written parliamentary question, what recent assessment he has made of the strength of relations between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the federal government of Iraq.
The Middle East Minister James Cleverly replied that “The UK supports a strong Kurdistan Region within a strong and unified Iraq. We welcome the new Government of Iraq under Prime Minister Kadhimi and are encouraging the new Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government to co-operate closely in order to resolve all issues in accordance with the 2005 Iraqi Constitution. The UK will continue to engage with both sides in support of this endeavour.”
The two aims go together and an enduring revenue-sharing agreement is needed. There is a cautious optimism about the new Iraqi government. Such a deal would benefit both Erbil and Baghdad and help both reform their societies, diversify their economies in the light of oil price cuts, and better challenge the continuing scourge of Daesh.