Barzani's Goodwill Baghdad Tour

These indications have obviously emerged in the form and content of the visit, particularly since Barzani insisted on visiting Iraqi leaders at their headquarters and conducting expansive meetings that focused more on Iraqi affairs than Kurdish.

The most prominent question today is: Did Iraqi leaders understand Barzani’s lesson? Are they ready to make similar initiatives to hold bilateral and collective meetings to defuse the crisis and bring about the required consensus?

The answer to this question will be provided in the coming days, illustrating whether or not the current Iraqi political class will hold on to its positions in leading the political scene.

The Iraqi people expressed their satisfaction with Barzani’s visit — as they did with Maliki’s visit to Erbil, where he held a cabinet session a few weeks ago. This popular satisfaction reflects a popular willingness to accept mutual concessions by all parties and bring the country back from the brink of the abyss, which it has reached due to the tense policies of its political parties and leaders.

Barzani in Baghdad seemed like an older brother for various Iraqi groups, which is a position he deserves due to his political history and his regional and international weight. Yet, the Iraqi people need all of their leaders to have this attitude of being the “big brother” who embarks on real initiatives that Iraq needs today more than ever before.

Mustafa al-Kadhimi is an Iraqi writer specializing in defense of democracy. He has extensive experience in documenting testimony and archiving documentaries associated with repressive practices.

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