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France’s Macron calls on Iraq to dismantle all militias

French President Emmanuel Macron and Kurdish region's Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani (left) hold a press conference at the Elysee Palace following a meeting in Paris

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday called on Iraq to dismantle all militias, including the government sanctioned Iran-backed Popular Mobilisation Forces.

“It is essential that there is a gradual demilitarisation, in particular of the Popular Mobilisation that established itself in the last few years in Iraq, and that all militias be gradually dismantled,” he told a joint news conference in Paris held with the prime minister of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government.

Macron called for dialogue in Iraq between the central government in Baghdad and the semi-autonomous KRG within the framework of the Iraqi constitution.

After a meeting with KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani in Paris, Macron told the news conference he was convinced a “constructive dialogue” could lead to lifting Baghdad’s restrictions on the Kurdish region.

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