The decision to fire Hoshyar Zebari as foreign minister of Iraq has been reversed.
Al Jazeera's Jane Arraf said she had spoken to Zebari who confirmed the decision would not stand.
"Zebari said that the decision has been reversed and the cabinet and Prime Minister Maliki were persuaded it would be detrimental to resolving the ongoing crisis."
Arraf said that a high level Kurdish delegation was due to arrive in Baghdad and the implication had been that if the firings stood the group would not attend.
Original reports suggested that Maliki appointed Deputy Prime Minister Hussein Shahrastani to replace Hoshyar Zebari as foreign minister and intended to replace other Kurdish ministers engaged in a parliamentary boycott.