In an interview with Al-Arabiya TV, Barzani said: “the first thing that Abadi has done is to abolish the General Commander of the Armed Forces Office, and this was a very good step, then opened up to the Kurds and to Sunnis and Shiites, the man has done good pace."
“Previously there was actually a distinction and we don’t say that Sunnis supported IS, but they have not been hostile to IS in the same time, or it was the result of the wrong policy, which has been practiced against our people. Abadi is different, he is far from sectarianism and discrimination that existed previously," Barzani further said about the current political situation in Iraq as IS is controlling a large territory of the state.
Barzani noted that, "the popular support enjoyed by Mr. Abadi, didn’t exist in al-Maliki’s period ... Maliki may be thought that he is just strong, in some institutions, which he was conceived that they are strong institutions as the military , intelligence and internal police institution that shows that these are just illusions . I believe that al-Abadi is stronger, because he enjoys broad support.”
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