File - In this Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 file photo, the President of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, Massoud Barzani, speaks to reporters during a press conference in Irbil, Iraq, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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A leading Iraqi parliamentarian upbraided the legislative body's leader for meeting with Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani Sunday as Baghdad's politicians voiced their differences over how best to respond to a Kurdish referendum for independence.Iraqi MP Humam Hamoudi called Parliament Speaker Salim Jabouri's meeting with Barzani "disappointing" and "unfortunate" and said Jabouri went to Barzani in a personal capacity, not as Parliament's representative.Two days of high-level visits by Baghdad politicians to Irbil, the seat of the Kurdish regional government, have failed to resolve the impasse between Baghdad and its Kurdish region, which voted for independence in a non-binding referendum two weeks ago.Shiite politicians, especially those close to Iran, have urged a hard line against the Kurdish region.Jabouri's meeting with Barzani came a day after Parliament adjourned itself to allow more time to resolve the crisis.
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