Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Masoud Barzani, on Thursday, agreed to move forward with forming a government that includes Shias, Sunnis, and Kurds.

A joint statement issued following a phone call between the two leaders read they discussed “the necessary steps for forming a national majority government.”

According to the statement, the two sides agreed to hold a meeting for the parliamentary blocs of the trilateral alliance.

The alliance consists of al-Sadr’s Sairoon Alliance — which won 73 seats in the 329-member parliament during the Oct. 10 elections –, the Sovereignty Alliance (a coalition of Sunni parliamentary groups with 71 seats in parliament), and the KDP with 31 seats.

Iraq has been unable to form a new government since the Oct. 10 parliamentary elections amid differences between different political parties.

*Writing by Ahmed Asmar

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