Oil law sees political progress

PM Maliki and Kurdish PM Salih return to the negotiating table with ambitions to bridge the KRG-Baghdad divide by passing oil legislation and resolving territorial disputes.
Barham Salih (left), who was then deputy prime minister of Iraq and is now the prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki during a national assembly meeting May 20, 2006 in Baghdad. (CEERWAN AZIZ/Getty Images)

BAGHDAD - Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki received a high-level Kurdish delegation on Thursday and made modest progress toward passing long-delayed oil legislation, agreeing to re-convene committees designed to resolve stubborn disputes between Baghdad and the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

The Kurdish delegation was led by KRG Prime Minister Barham Salih, and included the top adviser to KRG President Massoud Barzani, among other KRG ministers. The meeting was also attended by Speaker of Parliament Usama Nujaifi and senior members of Iraq's major political blocs, including the two vice presidents.

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