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President Nechirvan Barzani receives Ambassador of Switzerland

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, January 20, 2022

President Nechirvan Barzani received today the Ambassador of Switzerland to Iraq and Jordan, Mr. Lukas Gasser, and his accompanying delegation in Erbil.

Discussions focused on Switzerland’s bilateral relations with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region and the importance of reopening the Swiss Embassy in Baghdad.

The political process and the situation in the country were highlighted and both sides agreed that religious and ethnic diversities in Iraq are the strengths of the country. It was underlined that all Iraqi factions and parties need to come together for the best interests of the country and reach a common understanding about the political process in Iraq. They also discussed the formation of the new Iraqi government which needs to bring all communities and parties closer together, strengthen the political stability, safeguard the Iraqi interests and be able to face the current challenges.

President Nechirvan Barzani reaffirmed the importance of stability in Iraq, and the collective efforts to resolve the pending disputes, especially Erbil-Baghdad differences which require political will and decision-making. The President underscored the significance of the constitution and the federal system in the country and said that Iraq continues to need international community’s support to confront challenges ahead.

Other topics of discussion included the regional developments, the bilateral relations of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region with the neighboring countries and other issues of mutual interest.





PM Masrour Barzani meets with UNAMI chief

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) – Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Thursday met with UN Secretary General’s special representative to Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, to discuss the latest political developments in Iraq as government formation talks progress.

As the Parliament in Baghdad held its first session, both sides stressed the need for the new government to represent the interests of all citizens and prioritize the stability and security of the country, which includes a peaceful resolution to longstanding issues with Erbil.



PM Masrour Barzani meets with Swiss Ambassador to Iraq

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) – Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Wednesday met with the Swiss ambassador to Iraq and Jordan, Lukas Gasser.

Prime Minister Barzani highlighted the ninth cabinet’s efforts in Baghdad to assist with the formation of government, as well as progress with KRG’s reform agenda toward economic diversification.

He welcomed Switzerland sharing its expertise to help develop the Kurdistan Region.

Ambassador Gasser thanked KRG for its cooperation and support to the embassy, and expressed his country’s readiness to develop bilateral ties and encourage investments in the Kurdistan Region.


PM Masrour Barzani New Year Congratulatory Statement

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani issued the following statement today to express his best wishes on New Year’s Eve to the people of the Kurdistan Region.

In his statement, the Prime Minister said:

“As 2022 arrives I congratulate President Masoud Barzani, the people of Kurdistan, our brave Peshmerga and the families of our martyrs.

“I hope the new year brings peace and prosperity and sees an end to all crises and tragedies.

“Last year, despite facing many obstacles, the KRG made every effort to continue its reform process and face off challenges. In cooperation with the private sector we were able to establish many important projects that helped strengthen the infrastructure in the Kurdistan Region.

“We hope that with the help of everyone we will be able to do an even better job in the coming year. I must thank the people of the Kurdistan Region for their resilience, despite the financial crises.

“Sadly, in the past year, many natural disasters and unfortunate incidents happened, causing many to suffer losses. A number of brave Peshmerga were martyred in facing of Islamic State terrorists. On this occasion, I pay my respects to their memory and their sacrifice.

“Happy new year to everyone, and may Kurdistan continue to be stronger and more prosperous.”

Masrour Barzani
Prime Minister of Kurdistan Region

31 Dec 2021

President Nechirvan Barzani’s New Year’s message

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, December 31, 2021

On the occasion of the New Year, I extend my warmest wishes to all the people of Kurdistan, especially the proud families of our fallen heroes, our brave Peshmarga, the security forces, the young people and our fellow citizens outside of Kurdistan, to the people of Iraq and the world. I hope the new year will bring peace and prosperity, progress and stability, hope and welfare for everyone.

The people of the Kurdistan Region and the world endured two difficult years due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its ruinous implications. In the past year, we continued to confront terrorism, witnessed the heartbreaking stories of the migrants, saw the impacts of climate change and the destructions made by the flash floods. My heartfelt condolences go out to the proud families of the fallen heroes and all families who lost their loved ones. We remember and honor them. We offer our respect and appreciation to the people of the Kurdistan Region for their understanding, patience and resilience in the face of crises.

In order to overcome hardships and challenges, and to preserve the rights, the constitutional achievements and the federal status of the Kurdistan Region, we need to work together and take collective responsibility. It is only through common purpose, joint efforts and unity among all communities, factions and parties in the Kurdistan Region that we can secure a better future for our people.

In contributing to a peaceful and prosperous Iraq, together, with unity and common purpose, we can overcome difficulties and crises. It is necessary to turn a new page in Iraq, to draw on lessons learned and to build on past experiences, to truly understand the challenges and to have serious will to address the problems. Mutual respect and true partnership in the political process and governance are now needed more than ever to restore trust, peace and stability for all Iraqi communities.

We extend our gratitude to the international coalition and community, allies and partners who continued to support us in the fight against terrorism as our common values and principles continue to bring us closer together. We are committed to our collective duties and responsibilities as we remain an active member of the world community, a factor for peace and stability in Iraq and the wider region and a land of coexistence, tolerance and diversity.

With optimism, we look forward to the new year and a brighter future. Happy New Year to everyone. I wish you all a year full of joy and success.

Nechirvan Barzani
The President of the Kurdistan Region



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.



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