The meeting was held at the PUK’s politburo headquarters and ended without reaching any agreement on the issues that were on the agenda, according to Rudaw.
No official statements are expected to be issued.
PUK and Gorran have a strategic political alliance but differ over the upcoming independence referendum. The PUK has attended meetings of the referendum council, chaired by Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, and has a delegate on the negotiating committee that is spearheading talks with Baghdad.
Gorran, however, has refrained from participating in the meetings or backing the September 25 vote, insisting that the referendum must have a mandate from the currently non-functioning parliament.
The referendum and the parties’ alliance were reportedly on the agenda of their meeting on Tuesday, as was the issue of normalizing the parliament.
Ali reported that PUK officials told their Gorran colleagues that they are under immense pressure from their fan-base and have promised to reactivate the parliament before the referendum. Even if Gorran does not participate in the process of reactivating parliament, PUK must proceed because of the promise they have given to their people.
Reporter’s code: 50101