October 17, 2017 / 5:13 PM / a year ago

Iraqi president Masum calls for urgent Baghdad-Kurdish dialogue

Iraqi President Fuad Masum speaks during a joint news conference with the French President Francois Hollande (not pictured), after their meeting at the presidential palace in Baghdad, Iraq, January 2, 2017. REUTERS/Christophe Ena/Pool/Files

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi President Fuad Masum called for a dialogue between the central government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan regional leadership to resolve the crisis triggered by the Kurdish independence referendum.

Masum is himself a Kurd and holds a largely ceremonial role in the Iraqi state where most power lies with the prime minister who belongs to the Shi’ite majority.

His speech was broadcast on state TV.

Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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