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KRG Prime Minister Hosts Diplomats from Iraq and Kurdistan Region

On Thursday, December 7, 2023, the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) Prime Minister, Masrour Barzani, hosted a Christmas & New Year’s Dinner Reception for ambassadors, consul generals and diplomatic envoys based in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, marking the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Prime Minister Barzani extended Christmas greetings and heartfelt wishes for a joyful and prosperous new year to the diplomats.

In his address, Prime Minister Barzani expressed profound concern and sorrow over the civilian casualties in Middle East conflicts. He stressed the urgency of resolving these conflicts through dialogue and peaceful means. He also highlighted the need for resolving outstanding issues between the Kurdistan Region and the Iraqi federal government, advocating for solutions grounded in the Iraqi constitution and respect for Kurdish rights.

Furthermore, Prime Minister Barzani discussed the significant challenges posed by climate change and its detrimental impacts on communities. He called for increased international cooperation and coordination to effectively address the growing threats of climate change.

 

https://gov.krd/english/government/the-prime-minister/activities/posts/2023/december/krg-prime-minister-hosts-diplomats-from-iraq-and-kurdistan-region/

 

 

 

 

KRG Prime Minister Engages in Key Talks with UNAMI Chief

On December 16, 2023, Masrour Barzani, Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), met with Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Their discussions focused on the ongoing Provincial Council Elections, unresolved issues between the Kurdistan Region and the federal government, and the importance of protecting the rights of diverse communities within the Kurdistan Region.

 

https://gov.krd/english/government/the-prime-minister/activities/posts/2023/december/krg-prime-minister-engages-in-key-talks-with-unami-chief/

 

 

 

 

KRG Prime Minister Meets with US Deputy Secretary of State

On December 20, 2023, Prime Minister Masrour Barzani of the Kurdistan Regional Government received the United States Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland. Also in attendance was Alina Romanowski, the United States Ambassador to Iraq.

The meeting included a comprehensive exchange of perspectives on recent developments in Iraq and the broader region, as well as the state of Kurdish-American bilateral relations.

Their discussions focused on unresolved issues between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad. Both parties underscored the critical need for the federal government to uphold the constitutional rights of the Kurdistan Region. They urged the federal government to avoid treating the people of the Kurdistan Region as inferior citizens.

Prime Minister Barzani emphasised the need to bolster the federal system and strengthen democratic principles in Iraq.

Deputy Secretary of State Nuland reiterated the United States' unwavering support for the Kurdistan Region and reaffirmed its constitutional rights within Iraq.

Additionally, the conversation emphasised the importance of fostering a culture of coexistence, protecting religious freedom, and ensuring the safeguarding of human rights and diverse communities in the Kurdistan Region.

 

https://gov.krd/english/government/the-prime-minister/activities/posts/2023/december/krg-prime-minister-meets-with-us-deputy-secretary-of-state/

 

 

 

 

KRG Prime Minister Meets with the UN’s Secretary-General at COP28

Today December 2, 2023, Prime Minister Masrour Barzani met with António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai. Discussions focused on developments in Iraq and conflict in the Middle East.

Prime Minister Barzani underscored the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)'s important role as an honest broker that provides critical technical support and helps mediate disputes.

Prime Minister Barzani stressed the need to resolve differences between the Kurdistan Region and the federal government and secure the constitutional rights of the Kurdistan Region. He called on the United Nations to actively assist in mediating these matters.

 

https://gov.krd/english/government/the-prime-minister/activities/posts/2023/december/krg-prime-minister-meets-with-the-un-s-secretary-general-at-cop28/

 

 

 

President Nechirvan Barzani receives outgoing French Ambassador

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, January 8, 2024

President Nechirvan Barzani expressed his gratitude to Mr. Eric Chevallier, the departing French Ambassador to Iraq, for his dedication and tireless efforts towards strengthening the bilateral ties of his country with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. During a farewell meeting held to mark the conclusion of his tenure in Iraq, the President conveyed his best wishes for Mr. Chevalier’s future endeavors and success in his next assignment.

The mutual desire to enhance relations and foster friendship between France and Iraq, as well as the Kurdistan Region, was emphasized by both parties. Additionally, the importance of maintaining strong relations between Erbil and Baghdad, and the ongoing discussions aimed at resolving any outstanding issues between them, were highlighted.

Ambassador Chevallier, in turn, conveyed his appreciation for the support provided by the Kurdistan Region, which greatly contributed to the success of his tenure in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. He expressed his optimism for the continuation of this fruitful collaboration with the next French Ambassador to Iraq.

The meeting also revolved around the internal affairs of the Kurdistan Region, the outcomes of the provincial council elections in Iraq and the disputed territories, as well as the recent developments in the Middle East and the wider region.

The French Consul General, Dr. Yann Braem also attended the meeting.

 

https://presidency.gov.krd/en/president-nechirvan-barzani-receives-outgoing-french-ambassador/

 

President Nechirvan Barzani meets with US Deputy Secretary of State

President Nechirvan Barzani had a meeting with the US Deputy Secretary of State, Ms. Victoria Nuland in Erbil on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by the US Ambassador to Iraq, US Consul General in Erbil and a number of diplomats. They discussed a wide range of issues including the US relationship with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, the political and security situation in the country, Erbil-Baghdad relations, and the internal situation in the Kurdistan Region.

Both sides emphasized the importance of ensuring the safety of diplomatic envoys and the security of US and coalition forces in Iraq. They agreed that Iraqi authorities should take the necessary actions to bring an end to these attacks.

In regards to the internal situation in the Kurdistan Region, both sides recognized the significance of unity and understanding among political parties, particularly between the PUK and the KDP in the Kurdistan Region and in Iraq. In this regard, President Nechirvan Barzani pointed to a rapprochement and improvement in relations.

The meeting also covered topics including the Iraqi provincial council elections, the latest developments in the region, the ramifications of the war in Gaza, and other topics of mutual interest.

 

https://presidency.gov.krd/en/president-nechirvan-barzani-meets-with-us-deputy-secretary-of-state/

 

 

 

 

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