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United States will continue to support Iraq and Kurdistan Region

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, December 13, 2021

During his meeting with the Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani, the US National Security Council Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, Mr. Brett McGurk reiterated that the United States will continue to support Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, emphasizing that Iraq and the Kurdistan Region can place reliance on the US partnership to confront and eliminate ISIS. Mr. McGurk also expressed his condolences to the families of the fallen Peshmarga heroes who recently sacrificed their lives in the fight against ISIS.

At the meeting today in Erbil, President Nechirvan Barzani referred to the significance of the timing of Mr. McGurk’s visit to Iraq and the Kurdistan Region and affirmed that the United States’ continuing commitment and support to Iraq and the Kurdistan Region conveys an important message amid shifting US-led combat mission in the country.

At the meeting, also attended by the US Ambassador to Iraq and US Consul General in Erbil, the recent Iraqi elections and the results, the future of the political process in the country, multilateral talks among Iraqi factions and parties and ongoing efforts to build the new federal government in Baghdad were highlighted. Discussions also focused on the security, military and financial statuses in Iraq, ISIS attacks and movements, coordination and cooperation between the Peshmarga and the Iraqi army, Erbil-Baghdad relations, the Iraq-US strategic dialogue and ways to develop bilateral relations.

The President and Mr. McGurk agreed that ISIS remains a genuine danger which necessitates the continued support of the international coalition to Iraq to confront and defeat the terrorist group. They also deemed the partnership and coordination among Iraqi parties and factions necessary to be able to form an inclusive government which responds to the grievances of the Iraqi citizens and preserves peace and stability.

Other topics of discussions included the internal developments in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq’s relations with countries in the region and in the wider world, the regional developments, the situation in Syria and the Kurdish question in the country, and also other issues of mutual interest.

 

https://presidency.gov.krd/en/united-states-will-continue-to-support-iraq-and-kurdistan-region/

PM Masrour Barzani meets Russian Deputy Foreign Minister

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Wednesday met Mikhail Bogdanov, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Presidential Special Representative to the Middle East and Africa.

The Prime Minister expressed the Kurdistan Region’s will for stronger ties with Russia whilst they also talked about developments in Iraq, its relationship with Russia and also that between Erbil and Moscow.

The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister delivered greetings from his leadership and addressed the great role of President Masoud Barzani, whom he said Russia sees as the Kurdish national leader.

He also addressed the importance of the Kurdistan Region and its historic relations with Moscow.

Whilst discussing Syria, Prime Minister Barzani reiterated the importance of solving the issues facing Kurds in the country. This, he said, should be done in a way that represents all Kurdish parties in Syria.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
https://gov.krd/english/government/the-prime-minister/activities/posts/2021/december/pm-masrour-barzani-meets-russian-deputy-foreign-minister/

Kurdistan Region President receives Italy’s Ambassador

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, November 28, 2021

President Nechirvan Barzani received Mr. Bruno Antonio, the outgoing Ambassador of Italy to Iraq, in Erbil on Sunday.

Ambassador Antonio thanked the President and the Kurdistan Region for their support during his term in office and expressed hope that relations between Italy and the Kurdistan Region strengthen further.

The Ambassador offered his condolences to the President for the fallen Peshmarga heroes who lost their lives battling ISIS terrorists in Kolju district on Saturday.

The President wished Mr. Antonio success in his new mission and thanked him for his efforts to promote and strengthen Italy’s relations with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, and appreciated Italy’s support to Kurdistan.

The President reiterated that Saturday’s attack in which a number of Peshmarga forces lost their lives proves that ISIS remains a real danger that necessitates cooperation and coordination among Iraqi army and Peshmarga forces, with support from international coalition, to confront and defeat the terrorist network.

Discussions also covered a range of other issues including developments in the Kurdistan Region and the wider region, efforts to bring about unity among parties in Kurdistan and their common stance in Baghdad.

 

 

https://presidency.gov.krd/en/kurdistan-region-president-receives-italys-ambassador/

PM Masrour Barzani meets Italian Ambassador to Iraq

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Sunday met Bruno Antonio, the outgoing Italian ambassador to Iraq.

The Premier thanked the ambassador for his work on developing ties between Italy, Iraq, and the Kurdistan Region and wished him luck for the future.

The ambassador thanked the KRG for its cooperation with the Italian embassy and expressed his country’s wish for stronger ties with the Kurdistan Region.

Disputes between Erbil and Baghdad, post-election Iraq and the migrant issue were also discussed.

 
 
 
 
https://gov.krd/english/government/the-prime-minister/activities/posts/2021/november/pm-masrour-barzani-meets-italian-ambassador-to-iraq/

Kurdistan Region President discusses developments in Iraq with UK Ambassador

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, November 28, 2021

President Nechirvan Barzani received Mr. Mark Bryson-Richardson, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Iraq, in Erbil on Sunday.

Discussions covered a wide range of issues including UK’s relations with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region in all areas and ways to strengthen ties. Terror threats and confronting ISIS, the importance of strengthening the cooperation and coordination mechanism between the Peshmarga and the Iraqi army, and the Erbil-Baghdad relations were also discussed.

On the recent row over the outcome of the parliamentary elections among Iraqi political factions, the President reiterated that the Kurdistan Region will, under no circumstances, be part of the problem, but it will strive to support proper solutions to the disputes, and will also continue to support the political process in the country.

The President and the Ambassador reaffirmed mutual willingness to expand bilateral relations and areas of cooperation, and affirmed that Iraqi factions should reach an agreement and form a government that is able to preserve political stability and respond to the demands of citizens for peace, stability, better livelihood and improved public services.

Discussions also focused on the steps taken in the Kurdistan Region Ministry of Peshmarga towards reform and unification of its forces with continued assistance from the UK to the reform process.

The latest developments in the wider region and other topics of mutual interest were also highlighted.

 

 

https://presidency.gov.krd/en/kurdistan-region-president-discusses-developments-in-iraq-with-uk-ambassador/

Kurdistan Region President and Sweden’s Minister of Foreign affairs hold meeting

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, November 22, 2021

President Nechirvan Barzani received Ms. Ann Linde, Sweden’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and her accompanying delegation, in Erbil late Monday evening.

The meeting covered a wide range of pressing issues including the developments in Iraq, the recent parliamentary elections in the country and the election results, Sweden’s relations with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, investment opportunities for Swedish businesses in the Kurdistan Region, the status of the refugees, the condition of al-Hawl refugee camp in Syria and the threats posed by ISIS networks.

Discussions also focused on the democratic process, human rights, civil liberties, gender equality, the judicial system in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, the climate change and its growing implications especially for Iraq.

President Nechirvan Barzani and Foreign Minister Linde reiterated the importance of political stability in Iraq and reaching a common understanding among parties on the future of the political process in the country and settling any dispute regarding the election results through legal channels. They expressed hope that the upcoming Iraqi government, based on the election results, will address and meet the demands and expectations of citizens in Iraq for a better livelihood and improved public services.

The President and the Foreign Minister exchanged views on the importance of the continuing efforts to improve the conditions for women in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region and their broader and more active participation in the political process and governance. Preserving democratic principles, liberties, human rights, equality and enhancing the judiciary system were underlined.

The relations between Erbil and Baghdad, relations between the Kurdistan Region and neighboring countries, ongoing efforts to bring ISIS terrorists to justice, the latest developments in the wider region and other topics of mutual interest were also highlighted.

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