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Iraq's Kurdistan Region Chief In Rare Baghdad Visit

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (left) and Iraq's Kurdish regional leader Masud Barzani speak to each other during a joint news conference in Irbil in June.
The president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region Masud Barzani has visited Baghdad for the first time in over two years in an attempt to resolve long-running disputes over land and oil.

In a joint news conference in Baghdad on July 7, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said the two leaders had agreed to work on passing long-stalled legislation governing the exploitation of Iraq's rich energy resources.

Barzani's visit to Baghdad came after a rare trip by Maliki to Kurdistan last month, helping to ease tensions between the two leaders.

Kurdish leaders want to incorporate a swath of land stretching from Iraq's eastern border with Iran to its western border with Syria into their autonomous region.

The two sides also disagree over the apportioning of oil revenues and the signing of contracts with foreign energy firms.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters