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Kurds should not forget Iran's support in fighting against ISIS: representative

 Representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Tehran Nazim Dabagh said on Monday, January 25, that the Kurds should not forget the aid provided by Iran during the war against Islamic State (ISIS), arguing that ISIS would have occupied Baghdad if it were not for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani.

Dabagh told NRT in an interview that when the Peshmerga and advisors from the IRGC arrived in the Hamrin Mountains, Soleimani said to the Peshmerga “here is Hamrin Mountain; this is your border, defend it for Mam Jalal,” referring to the late Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leader Jalal Talabani.
Earlier this week, the Masir media agency in Iran released a short film featuring a dramatized version of Soleimani’s cooperation with the Kurdistan Region during the ISIS war, which provoked intense criticism from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) for its depiction of party leader Masoud Barzani.
Dabagh, who is a member of the PUK, said that the KDP has the strongest ties with Iran of all of the political parties in the Kurdistan Region, but added that the film concerned the KRG and noted that the depiction of Barzani had been condemned by some Iranian officials.
“The Iranian government has promised us to follow up about the release of the film and that the release of the film about Masoud Barzani has not been done by an official organ of the Iranian government,” he said.
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Kurdistan Region President receives UK Ambassador to Iraq

 Erbil, Kurdistan Region, April 21, 2021

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani received United Kingdom’s Ambassador to Iraq, Mr. Stephen Hickey, and his accompanying delegation, in Erbil on Wednesday.

Discussions included ISIS resurgence and its threats against stability and peace in the country. President Nechirvan Barzani commended the important role of the International Coalition in supporting Iraq and the Kurdistan Region against terrorism, the complete elimination of ISIS networks, and the need for coordination and cooperation between Erbil and Baghdad with the coalition partners.

The President underlined the importance of a common vision for all parties in Iraq to improve the living conditions of fellow citizens following past years economic downfalls and hardships.

The UK delegation expressed concerns over the attacks that targeted the Kurdistan Region recently, especially the city of Erbil, and strongly condemned the attacks which undermine peace and stability in Iraq.

Other topics of discussions included the relations of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region with the United Kingdom, the President’s recent visit to Baghdad and Erbil-Baghdad relations. The meeting valued the ratification of the Iraqi Budget Law and the agreement on the issue of the Federal Court.

Discussions also covered the efforts of the Kurdistan Region Presidency to bring the political parties together, the upcoming Iraqi elections, the role of the international community in solving the problems of Iraq, strengthening state institutions and benefiting from international support, the economic situation of Iraq, the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and the status of the displaced people and refugees hosted in camps in Kurdistan Region.

 

President Nechirvan Barzani reaffirms the need for a common vision for the future of Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq, April 12, 2021

On the third and last day of his visit to Baghdad, Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani held separate meetings with the leaders of the Iraqi political parties and groups, including Mr. Salim al-Jubouri, Head of the Civil Assembly for Reform, Mr. Adel Abdul-Mahdi, former Prime Minister, Mr. Hammam Hammoudi, Head of the Islamic Supreme Council, Mr. Iyad Allawi, Secretary General of the National Accord Party, and Khamis al-Khanjar, Head of the al-Azm Alliance.

During these meetings, discussions focused on the latest political and security developments in the country, the upcoming Iraqi elections, the Kurdistan Region’s relations with the Iraqi Federal Government, dialogue to solve the problems of Erbil-Baghdad, the dangers of ISIS and Iraq’s relations with the countries of the region and the world.

President Nechirvan Barzani stressed in the meetings that his vision for the resolution of the issues in Iraq, requires the need for political parties and communities in the country to reach a common vision and understanding for the future of Iraq that includes stability, coexistence, and mutual respect. In order to achieve this objective, everyone must learn from the mistakes and experiences of the past. The President referred to Baghdad as the strategic partner of the Kurdistan Region to solve the outstanding problems.

The President reaffirmed that eighteen years have passed since the fall of the former Iraqi regime and the building of the new Iraq, the transitional phase, must come to an end and a new phase be launched in the country in which the human and natural wealth of Iraq be utilized for further reconstruction of the country, to provide enhanced services to all Iraqi’s throughout the country and to restore Iraq and its position at the regional and global levels.

In this context, Iraq’s leaders shared President Nechirvan Barzani’s opinion to work with a common vision for a better future for Iraq, and agreed that with the existing political will and a common understanding, obstacles can be removed before the political process, as shown in the case of the passage of the Iraqi Budget Bill, the amendment of the Federal Supreme Court Law and the laws concerning dissolution of the parliament.

The Iraqi groups and parties viewed President Nechirvan Barzani’s visit to Baghdad as an opportunity to resume the contact among political groups and their joint work to move the country towards a better position that would ensure stability, reconstruction, progress and partnership with all sides in the political process and management of the country on the basis of citizenship and common interests. Iraq’s leaders expressed hope that the visit yields genuine results and that such visits and meetings continue to unify common positions and build a basis for mutual understanding.

 

 

 

 

 

President Nechirvan Barzani meets with leaders of political parties

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, April 8, 2021

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani met with the leaders of political parties of the Kurdistan Region on Thursday.

At the meeting, attended by the Kurdistan Region Vice Presidents, the developments in Iraq and the greater region, the foreign and diplomatic relations of the Kurdistan Region and the upcoming Iraqi elections were discussed.

President Nechirvan Barzani’s recent visit to France, the Kurdistan Region’s role and position in regards to the new political conditions and the relations between Erbil and Baghdad were highlighted. Discussions also focused on the Iraq-US strategic dialogue including the Kurdistan Region’s participation in the ongoing talks, the developments in the Region and the relations among communities and the political parties.

The meeting reaffirmed the importance of unity and consensus among political parties in order to reach lasting solutions to the differences, and in this regard, the Kurdistan Region Presidency was lauded for its efforts to bring the political parties together.

The passage of the Iraqi Budget Bill was highlighted as a positive step towards improving the relations between the Kurdistan Region and the Federal Government. It was underlined that the implementation of the Budget Bill is essential for the economic recovery in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region with its positive impact on the resolution of the problems between Baghdad and Erbil on the basis of the constitution and within the framework of the federal system.

It was stressed that the current situation in the Kurdistan Region requires unity, national responsibility, cooperation and consensus in order to secure the constitutional rights of the people of Kurdistan Region and preserve their hard won achievements. The importance of the reform process, collective efforts to improve the livelihood of citizens and preserve their freedoms including freedom of expression, and ways to continue joint meetings among all political parties were affirmed.

President Nechirvan Barzani thanked the political parties for accepting his invitation to the meeting and reiterated that the only way to overcome the crises and differences is through collective efforts and unity which also ensures the rights and achievements and preserves the constitutional and federal entity of the Kurdistan Region. The President reaffirmed that the Kurdistan Region Presidency will continue to be a unifying factor for all.

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Kurdistan Region President reiterates the significance of Iraq-US strategic dialogue

 Erbil, Kurdistan Region, April 1, 2021

Kurdistan Region President received the US Embassy chief military advisor, General John Tygart and his accompanying delegation on Thursday.

At the meeting, attended by the US Consul General, Kurdistan Regional Government Minister of Peshmerga and a number of military officials from both sides, the US delegation offered congratulations on the passage of Iraq’s Budget Bill at the Parliament. The delegation emphasized on the partnership between the Peshmerga and the Coalition Forces and commended the role of the Peshmerga and the Ministry of Peshmerga.

The President referred to the passage of the Budget Bill as an important step for Iraq and the Kurdistan Region and reiterated Iraq and the Kurdistan Region’s willingness to strengthen political, economic and military relations with the US.

The President expressed gratitude for the US aid to the Peshmerga in the war against ISIS and the US support of the reforms within the Peshmarga Ministry. The President expressed willingness to resolve the pending issues between Baghdad and Erbil and underlined that implementing the federal system in Iraq is the solution to Iraq’s problems, which serves the interest of all sides.

President Nechirvan Barzani expressed appreciation for the support of the Coalition Forces in the war against ISIS and reiterated the importance of the continuing mission of the US and the Coalition to eliminate terrorism. The President underlined that the coordination among Erbil, Baghdad and the Coalition partners is important to prevent the security vacuum.

The President also welcomed the resumption of Iraq-US strategic Dialogue with the participation of the Kurdistan Region. The President said the strategic dialogue can strengthen mutual relations and offer Iraq and the Kurdistan Region ample opportunities for cooperation and collective efforts in many areas.

Discussions also included the Iraqi elections, the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the Kurdistan Region and the world, and other topics of mutual interest.

 

President Nechirvan Barzani and President Emmanuel Macron of France to meet in Paris

 Erbil, Kurdistan Region, March 29, 2021

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani is to visit France and hold a meeting with France’s President, Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace in Paris on Tuesday, following a formal invitation from President Macron.

Discussions are set to include the Kurdistan Region and Iraq’s bilateral relations with France, the developments in Iraq, the Kurdistan Region and the greater region, the COVID-19 pandemic and its ongoing implications.

The two Presidents are also expected to discuss the threats posed by terrorism, the mission of the international coalition, the importance of collective cooperation in all areas to confront the ISIS and a number of other topics of mutual interest.

 

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