Muqtada Sadr will open office in Erbil
ERBIL, March 31 (AKnews) – Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is expected to open an office in Erbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region.
The news comes as a Sadrist delegation led by Baha al-Aaraji, the head of Sadr's Ahrar bloc, arrived in Erbil today and met with Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister-elect Nechirvan Barzani.
Farhad Atroushi, a Kurdish MP in Baghdad, who accompanied the Sadrist delegation, told AKnews the visit is aimed at strengthening Shiite-Kurd relations.
“The delegation said that they [the Sadrists] were not ready to harm their relations with the Kurds for anyone or any party” said Atroushi.
“Muqtada Sadr will open an office in Erbil, which will be run by one of his representatives, and that comes with the framework of strengthening relations.”
President of Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani said in an address during Nawroz that Shiite-Kurd relations were strong and would “further develop them”.
But he also criticized Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for his strong grip on power in Baghdad.
“Kurds have no issues with Shiites or the ruling Dawa Party. Our problem with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and a number of other officials [in Baghdad] is a political one,” Atroushi said.
By Rebin Hasan