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Iranian Kurdish delegation visits Iraqi Kurdistan

An Iranian Kurdish delegation visited Iraqi Kurdistan and held talks with the Iraqi Kurdish leader and a member of the Interim Governing Council of Iraq Masoud Barzani on Wednesday, IRNA reported from Baghdad.

The talks between the sides was held in the northern Iraqi city of Sallahaddin, reported the Baghdad-based Al-Tarikhi daily which belongs to the Democratic Party of Iraqi Kurdistan.

It reported that the delegation of Iranian Kurdish artists in the meeting with Barzani sympathized with him and the Kurdish people of Iraq over the recent deadly attack in Arbil.

Twin suicide bombings Killed more than 100 people in northern Iraqi city of Arbil.

The attack on the offices of the two main Kurdish parties in Arbil turned the normally tranquil town in the scene of horrific bloodshed, in the deadliest bombings in Iraq since an August 29 attack in the holy city of Najaf killed dozens of people.

Among the dead in the twin attacks on offices of the Kurdish Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) was the autonomous region's deputy premier, Sami Abdul Rahman.

Tensions have recently escalated in the north between the majority Kurds and other groups on how much power they would have in a future Iraq.

The coalition dismissed speculation that the attacks would discourage the arrival of a United Nations team to assess the viability of holding elections, an issue that has divided the unstable country's US-installed interim leadership.

The Iranian Kurdish delegation stressed the adoption of common attitudes over the region developments taking shape in Iraq under the currently sensitive circumstances.

Barzani stressed the unification of all Kurdish sections in the northern Iraq and said the unity has been created among the Kurdish people and some technical issues would be settled in the near future as for the Iraqi issue.

The Iranian delegation comprised of Ahad Qazemi, Bahram Valad Beigi, Hussein Sharifi, Ahmad Sharifi, Ata Nahaei, Kari Alavi, Bakhtiyar Sajadi, Khaled Toki, Reza Shajiei and Soleiman Qazi.

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