BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: The Sadrist bloc discussed with a delegation of Kurdish politicians in Baghdad the current crisis between Iraq and Kurdistan region, asserting that solving all problems would be through dialogue and in accordance with the constitution.
"Head of the Political bureau of the Sadrist office Karar al-Khafaji and head of the Sadrist parliamentary group Bahaa al-Aaraji received a delegation of the Kurdistan political powers in Baghdad, with who they discussed the recent crisis between Baghdad and Arbil," a Sadrist
statement said and received by Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
"The meeting underlined the importance of resorting to dialogue to solve all problems in accordance with constitutional frameworks," the statement added.
Tensions have been running high in areas of northern Iraq that the Kurdish region wants to incorporate over the strong objections of Baghdad.
Parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi has been pushing to resolve the crisis, which he has warned could lead to civil war.
He has been holding talks since Wednesday with political leaders in Baghdad and Kurdistan, and announced that a "technical and military meeting" on the crisis was to be held on Monday in Baghdad.
Barzani, nephew of the Kurdish region's president, said a high-level Kurdish delegation would travel to Baghdad on Tuesday with the aim of reaching an agreement, and expressed hope that Nuajifi's efforts would yield results.
The unresolved row over territory poses the biggest threat to Iraq's long-term stability, diplomats and officials say.
Ties between the two sides are also marred by disputes over oil and power-sharing.