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Iraqi-Kurdish talks make progress despite some differences

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The Iraqi and Kurdish army commanders made progress Saturday in talks, aiming at ceasefire between the federal and Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

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Earlier in the day, a joint team from commanders of Iraqi federal forces and Kurdish Peshmerga held a meeting in Mosul to stop clashes between the Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga, as the Iraqi troops are pushing to seize the disputed areas and some border crossing points.

The two sides agreed on several points, but the Kurdish side failed to give clear answers until they return to their leaders in the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG).

"We have reached an agreement on some points, but there are sticking points that still need to be resolved," the Iraqi army's Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Othman al-Ghanmi, told reporters after the meeting.

"There was some progress but definitive solution is in the hands of the other (Kurdish) side. They must return to Kurdistan for consultation and give us their answer," Ghanmi said.

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