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Prime Minister Masrour Barzani receives French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani received today French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to discuss bilateral relations and regional developments.

In the meeting attended by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, both sides reviewed the political situation in Iraq and the importance of developing the already strong, historic relationship between the Kurdistan Region and France.

Prime Minister Barzani and Foreign Minister Le Drian agreed on the importance of increasing bilateral trade and investment in a way that reflects the strong, trusted political and diplomatic ties.

The Prime Minister thanked France for its historic commitment to the Kurdish people.

He also spoke about recent talks with the federal government on outstanding issues, including budget and oil and gas. In that regard, Prime Minister Barzani noted that France can play an important role for an agreement that in line with the Constitution.

Foreign Minister Le Drian reiterated his country's support for the Kurdistan Region at this difficult time. He announced readiness to assist, adding that experts are on the ground to help develop the agriculture sector to ease the economic crisis. Foreign Minister Le Drian added that aid to the refugee camps will continue through aid organisations.

 

The French Foreign Minister extended an invitation to Prime Minister Barzani to visit France.

 

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Minister Safeen Dizayee holds virtual meeting with KRG Representatives abroad on latest developments and relations with international community

Minister Safeen Dizayee, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), on 25th June held a virtual meeting with the KRG’s representatives abroad, to discuss the latest political, economic, humanitarian and health developments in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq, and the wider the region.

Minister Dizayee briefed the KRG representatives on the current situation and the KRG’s position and policies.

Minister Dizayee said that the KRG supports the new Iraqi government led by Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and calls for Kurdistan’s rights to be implemented, based on the Constitution.

He added that the KRG hopes to reach an agreement with Baghdad soon to resolve all the outstanding issues.

Minister Dizayee stressed the need for coordination between the KRG and Iraqi Federal government with the global Coalition to deter ISIS from terrorist acts, saying that ISIS’s movements have increased and it is taking advantage of the security vacuum.

On the Strategic Dialogue between Iraq and the US, Minister Dizayee stated the meaning of the agreement for both countries: Iraq still needs military and logistical support and the revival of its economic infrastructure, and the United States aims to support Iraq in counter-terrorism and developing its economic, scientific, energy and cultural fields.

He stressed the importance of the Kurdistan Region’s role in the agreement, in which its representative participated in the first meeting.

On the coronavirus pandemic, Minister Dizayee said that the KRG continuously liaises with the diplomatic missions, UN agencies and charitable organizations that are providing assistance to contain the virus.

The representatives abroad shared their current areas of work and plans for future projects.

The participants exchanged ideas on how to strengthen and promote the Kurdistan Region's relationships with other nations at all levels.

 

 

 

Prime Minister Masrour Barzani meets Germany's Minister of State

 Munich, Germany (GOV.KRD) – Prime Minister Masrour Barzani today met with Germany’s Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, Niels Annen, during the Munich Security Conference.

Discussing the latest developments in Iraq and the region, both sides agreed to further strengthen bilateral ties between the Kurdistan Region and Germany.

Prime Minister Barzani acknowledged Germany's role as part of the Global Coalition against ISIS, and stressed the importance of continued German support for the Peshmerga and Iraqi security forces, as they tackle the growing terrorist threat.

Minister Annen recognised the stability and prosperity in the Kurdistan Region, calling it a role model of governance in Iraq and the region.

 

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Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on visit to Rome and Vatican City

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani has arrived today in Rome for a two-day visit to the Italian capital and Vatican City.

Prime Minister Barzani is leading a KRG delegation including Dana Abdulkareem Hamasalih, Minister of Housing and Reconstruction; Ano Jawhar Abdulmaseeh Abdoka, Minister of Transport and Communications; Pshtiwan Sadq Abdullah, Minister of Endowment & Religious Affairs; and Khalid Salam Saeed, Minister of State.

In Rome, Prime Minister Barzani will hold bilateral meetings with senior members of the Italian government, including Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, to discuss ongoing bilateral cooperation in the fight against global terrorism. They will also consider ways of encouraging Italian companies to seize the business opportunities available in Kurdistan by investing in the region.

At the Vatican, Prime Minister Barzani will meet His Holiness Pope Francis and Secretary of State Pietro Parolin to discuss the Kurdistan Region's commitment to countering religious persecution and promoting interreligious dialogue.

Ahead of his visit, Prime Minister Barzani said: "I am delighted to be meeting His Holiness the Pope to discuss the importance of religious coexistence, which can be a valuable antidote to extremism. I am proud that the KRG has made such a major contribution through our long-standing efforts to promote interreligious dialogue, while creating a haven of tolerance in the Kurdistan Region for people of all faiths."

 

 

 

 

A statement from Kurdistan Region Presidency on recent events in Iraq and the wider region

The recent events in Kirkuk and Qaeim and at the US Embassy in Baghdad indicate there is a further exacerbation of the situation in Iraq, which has created a cycle of action and counteraction. Therefore, we reject all steps by other countries to settle scores on Iraqi soil and violate Iraqi sovereignty. As a result of these events, General Qasim Solaimani, the commander of the Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, Deputy Leader of the Popular Mobilization Force, and their comrades lost their lives while both of them played a prominent role in the fight against ISIS terrorists in the past few years.

 

Iraq must not become a battleground for other countries to settle their disputes. We urge them to solve their problems through dialogue and to respect Iraq and its sovereignty. The continuation of these complications, actions and reactions, will push Iraq and the region towards an abyss and an uncertain future; it will also lead to the resurgence and strengthening of extremist and terrorist groups, such as ISIS.

 

In these complex, sensitive and dangerous circumstances, we urge all concerned parties to exercise maximum self-restraint and prevent any further dangerous escalation.

New KRG Prime Minister Promises to Strengthen the Region and Introduce Widespread Reforms following Inauguration

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - The Kurdistan Parliament has confirmed Mr Masrour Barzani's appointment as Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), together with the ministerial cabinet.

Following his inauguration, Prime Minister Barzani vowed to make Kurdistan stronger, improve ties with Baghdad and diversify the region's economy.

The Prime Minister said: "After working since September 2018 to put together a truly inclusive government, my commitment now is to work together with every party and every part of our nation to build a strong KRG that serves the people, not the other way around. We cannot succeed in building a strong government if we allow petty divisions and small disagreements to drive us apart."

The Prime Minister called for further progress in developing a stable and constructive partnership with Iraq's federal government.

"Erbil and Baghdad both want security and prosperity, built on a foundation of mutual respect and cooperation," he said. "This will include securing our rightful share of government revenue, by settling once and for all the division of revenue formula that determines the annual budget allocation for Kurdistan."

Concerning Kurdistan's economy, Prime Minister Barzani highlighted the region's over-reliance on oil and gas, and promised to overhaul the public sector.

"We must ensure our government serves the people of Kurdistan in a fully transparent and accountable manner," he said. "This will include securing the public finances to pay down our debts, introducing regulatory reforms that allow businesses to thrive, attracting more foreign investment and enabling the development of new infrastructure."

The Prime Minister called on the international community to support Kurdistan's new government and its reform programme, while helping to protect the region's status as a haven for persecuted and displaced people.

"Today, around 1.25 million internally displaced people from elsewhere in Iraq live in Kurdistan, alongside almost 275,000 refugees from neighbouring countries,” he commented. "We hope our friends and allies will continue offering their support to Kurdistan, as we remain a haven of tolerance in an uncertain part of the world."
For more information about the KRG's new cabinet, visit https://gov.krd/government/the-cabinet/.

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