Shiite, Sunni Groups in Iraq in Talks over Formation of New Gov't

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Different Iraqi political groups, including Shiite and Sunni coalitions, have intensified their consultation on the formation of new Iraqi government.

Shiite, Sunni Groups in Iraq in Talks over Formation of New Gov't

A report by Iraqi Nahreen website said on Sunday that former prime minister and the current head of the Shiite National Iraqi Alliance, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, and the head of the Sunni Muttahidoon Coalition, Usama al-Nujayfi, held talks on the formation of a new cabinet.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways to promote the future mutual cooperation and strengthen the bond between the executive and legislative branches in Iraq.

They also conferred on the establishment of strong institutions.

In a separate meeting held on Saturday evening, Haider al-Abadi, Iraq’s new prime minister designate, and Jaafari stressed the need to adhere to the deadline for the formation of a cabinet.

Meantime, the Shiite coalition said in a statement that the two sides also emphasized the necessity to define the mechanism proposed by the political groups about the cabinet.

According to a statement issued by the coalition, participants at the meeting discussed the Iraqi political parties’ mechanisms for forming the cabinet and emphasized the need to nominate competent candidates for the ministry posts.

Iraq has been witnessing a new wave of violence fueled by Takfiri terrorists. The so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group has been operating in the Iraqi provinces of Nineveh, Diyala, Salahuddin and al-Anbar.


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