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Prime Minister Barzani receives UK's new Consul-General in Erbil

President Nechirvan Barzani meets with a high level UN delegation

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, January 24, 2023

President Nechirvan Barzani received Ms. Rosemary A. DiCarlo, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and an accompanying delegation including Ms. Jeanine Plasschaert, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, along with several other UN officials.

The meeting discussed the situation in the Kurdistan Region and the ongoing efforts to reach an agreement on the elections. The Election Commission and the views of all communities on the general elections, Erbil-Baghdad relations, the fight against terrorism, and the status of the Yezidis were also discussed.

In the meeting, President Nechirvan Barzani praised the role of the United Nations in Iraq, both in working closely with the relevant parties in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq, and as an assistant to facilitate the solution of issues and to maintain stability and peace.

Regarding the situation in the Kurdistan Region, the President stressed that the ground is ready for political parties’ meetings, especially between the KDP and the PUK and their talks on the solution of the pending problems which would then pave the way for resolving the issues related to elections and the setting of a voting date.

The President said that Erbil-Baghdad relations and the recent positive atmosphere that has emerged for dialogue between the two sides and the efforts to resolve the issues between them, especially regarding the Iraqi budget law and oil and gas laws and the distribution of revenues, will contribute to further stability and peace in the country.

Both sides reiterated the significance of implementing the agreement on the formation of the Iraqi government and its agenda, as well as the need for continued coordination between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Federal Government of Iraq in the fight against ISIS, especially in the disputed territories of the Article 140. They also stressed the significance of implementing the agreement between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Iraqi Federal Government on the status of Shingal.

Iraq’s relations with neighboring and regional countries, and several other issues of common interest were also highlighted at the meeting.

PM Barzani discusses revenue diversification with former UK Prime Minister

Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Tuesday received former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair in Davos.
Recent developments in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq, and the region were addressed in the meeting.
Prime Minister Barzani briefed Blair on the reforms of the ninth cabinet, regarding economic diversification, digitalization of public services, and improving the health sector.
Furthermore, the exportation of Kurdish agricultural products to European markets was also highlighted in the meeting.



Prime Minister Masrour Barzani discusses developments in Kurdistan with King and Queen of Belgium

DAVOS, Switzerland- Prime Minister Masrour Barzani participated today in a special panel of discussion on “Repowering Europe’s Industries” on the sidelines of the 2023 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium and a number of Belgian and European officials attended this meeting, where Prime Minister Masrour Barzani discussed the latest developments in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq.

The Prime Minister also addressed the reform process within the ninth cabinet of the Kurdistan Regional Government, especially improving agricultural sector and farming productivity as well as exporting Kurdistan’s local goods to the European markets.




Prime Minister Barzani meets Saudi Arabia’s investment minister in Davos

Masrour Barzani, prime minister of the Kurdistan Regin met with the Minister of Investment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Khalid al-Falah in Davos on Wednesday evening.

PM Barzani and al-Falah stressed the need for developing bilateral relations, especially in the field of economy and investment between the Kurdistan Region and Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Investment minister pointed out that a delegation of Saudi investors and entrepreneurs will soon visit Iraq and the Kurdistan Region to discuss investment opportunities and enhance business relations.

The Kurdish prime minister highlighted the agenda of the KRG’s ninth cabinet which is centered around diversifying revenue sources, paying significannt attentions to the agriculture, industry and facilitating for domestic and foreign investors to invest in the Kurdistan across all sectors.





KRG PM Masrour Barzani meets with his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte in Davos

Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region Masrour Barzani on Thursday met with Mark Rutte, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands in Davos, Switzerland, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum, discussing means to develop bilateral relations between the two sides.

Prime Minister Barzani expressed his gratitude for the Netherlands' continued coordination and support of the Kurdistan Region.

During the meeting, PM Barzani pointed out that the Netherlands is one of the European countries that has assisted the KRG in its efforts to diversify its economy and advance agriculture, a development that has seen significant progress in this regard.

PM Rutte showed Amsterdam's willingness to develop their relations with the Kurdistan Region across all areas, notably the agriculture sector.

The two leaders, in parts of their talks, voiced the significance of Erbil and Baghdad to reach grassroots solutions for their issues on the basis of the constitution.


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