Iraq’s Kurdish Regional adminstration head due in Tehran

Head of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in Northern Iraq Massoud Barzani is scheduled to visit Tehran May 8, Iran’s Etemadonline news portal reported citing a “informed source.”

Barzani will meet with senior Iranian officials including Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council and Ali Larijani, speaker of the Iranian parliament.

Fighting against the “Islamic State” (IS, aka ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) terrorist group and military operation to retake the country’s second-largest city, Mosul from the group will be discussed in the meetings.

Construction of an oil pipeline between Iran and the northern Iraq also will be on the agenda of talks, according to the report.

For several years, Iraqi KRG and Iran have been in talks to construct a pipeline that would transport the northern Iraq oil to the Iranian market. However, the negotiations have lagged so far as the regional administration in northern Iraq instead focused on developing an oil export route through Turkey.

Source: Trend