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President Nechirvan Barzani’s New Year’s Message

 Erbil, Kurdistan Region, December 31, 2020

The President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, issued a congratulatory message on the occasion of the New Year. Here is his statement:

On the occasion of the New Year, I offer my warmest wishes to all my fellow citizens, notably the proud families of our fallen heroes, and to the people of Iraq, representatives of countries in our Region, and allies and partners.

People throughout the world are united in facing a new year with the firm hope of overcoming the hardships of lives and livelihoods caused by Covid-19. We remember all those who have fallen victim to this pandemic; my heartfelt condolences go out to all families who have lost their loved ones.

We seek peace and prosperity for all during the coming new year and beyond. As 2020 comes to a close, the Kurdistan Region continues to struggle to be treated in conformity with the letter and spirit of the Constitution of Iraq, which was passed overwhelmingly in a countrywide referendum fifteen years ago. The Constitution emphasizes federalism that serves and supports all parts of Iraq so they may contribute to the success of the country.

Instead, the Kurdistan Region continues to face antagonism, punitive measures, and, indeed, cruelty. Failure of the central government to support the Kurdistan Region with a fair share of national revenue intentionally disrupts public services and threatens its people.

With patience and goodwill, over two weeks Kurdistan Region negotiators removed all obstacles for a lasting resolution. Passage of the Budget Deficit Bridge Bill, however, deprives the Region’s public servants of salaries and their legitimate financial entitlements.

In accordance with previous agreements, the central government has failed to fulfill its obligations. In effect, the national government, including the Prime Minister and his cabinet, should never have accepted this injustice. Unconstitutional punishment of the people of the Kurdistan Region demonstrates inadequate will to resolve disagreements.

We reiterate our commitment to reach a lasting agreement on the basis of the Constitution that ensures, without prejudice, the rights and entitlements of all the people of Iraq. In this regard, we welcome the influence and support of the United Nations and other members of the international community.

Within the Kurdistan Region, regrettably, political divisions are exacerbated by irresponsible social media. The duty and responsibility of all political elements in the Region are to promote and protect our personal security and relative political stability. This is not about blind compliance but about active, peaceful participation in processes that promote improved governance.

The Kurdistan Region faces two basic imperatives:

· Reaching a just agreement with the national government in accordance with the Constitution.

· Ending destructive disunity that adversely affects the lives and livelihood of all our people.

We offer our respect and appreciation to the people of the Kurdistan Region for their understanding, patience, and resilience. We honor our brave Peshmerga and all other security forces for their devoted service. During this pandemic period, we offer our sincerest gratitude to our physicians, nurses, and all other health providers who serve on the frontline against this global disease.

The Kurdistan Region will remain an essential factor for peace and stability in Iraq and the greater region. On the basis of mutual interest, we will continue to strengthen ties with neighboring and other countries. The Kurdistan Region will also continue to cooperate and coordinate with allies and partners whose mission and support continue to be required for the security of the country.

In contributing to a peaceful and prosperous Iraq, to the greater region and the world, together, with unity and common purpose, our decades-long experience confirms we can overcome hardships and crises. With optimism, we look forward to a brighter future with consensus, tolerance, coexistence, and mutual respect.

Happy New Year to everyone. I wish you all a year full of joy and success.

Nechirvan Barzani
President of the Kurdistan Region

 

Prime Minister Masrour Barzani statement ushering in the New Year

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani issued a statement today to express his best wishes on New Year’s Eve to the people of the Kurdistan Region, Peshmerga Forces, and the families of martyrs in particular.

In his statement, the Prime Minister said:

“The Kurdistan Region, like the rest of the world, endured a very difficult year facing unprecedented challenges. Together, we weathered the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent economic effects of a global pandemic. We were also burdened by the failure of federal authorities in Baghdad to send the Kurdistan Region its financial entitlements, as required by law. These factors inevitably sparked a deep financial crisis, impacting the lives of our fellow citizens in the Kurdistan Region. As we reflect on the past year, however, we also want to note our successes. We have now reached an agreement with the Iraqi Government on the draft 2021 budget bill. It is our hope that this agreement will be honored as a key step to ensuring the prosperity and stability of the country in the new year. I call on all Iraqi political parties to prevent the rights and financial entitlements of the people of Kurdistan from being used as a tool to exert political pressure against our people, who have suffered tremendously this year from their rights having been violated. I reiterate the Kurdistan Region and its government’s commitment to defending its constitutional rights.

“The Kurdistani people remain committed to the national cause, and have paid the ultimate price to defend it. The constitutional status of the Kurdistan Region is the product of our enduring struggle, for which hundreds of thousands of Peshmerga fighters sacrificed their lives. It is all of our duty to protect our constitutional status; For the dignity and pride of the people of Kurdistan depend on the strength of our national identity and respect of our constitutional rights.

“I also call on all political parties and people of Kurdistan to set aside their differences and disputes to protect the Kurdistan Region’s federal status, its territory, and its achievements. I call on all of you to unite in confronting threats and protecting our constitutional rights. I trust that, with a united and undivided front, we shall overcome all crises and challenges ahead of us.

“On this occasion, I also want to reaffirm our commitment to the implementation of the government’s reform agenda and improving the living conditions of the people of the Kurdistan Region. I reiterate our commitment to uphold the rule of law and social justice, and to protect the peace and stability of our great nation.

“We look to the future with optimism, and hope the Kurdistan Region enters a new phase of development and progress in the new year, rewarding all of you for your sacrifices this past year. I wish everyone a happy new year and may Kurdistan remain safe and strong.”

 

Prime Minister Masrour Barzani statement ushering in the New Year | Kurdistan Regional Government

 

Prime Minister Masrour Barzani receives Australian Ambassador to Baghdad

 Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani today met with Australian Ambassador to Iraq, Joanne Loundes, to discuss the latest developments in the region.

The two officials spoke about recent events in Iraq and the broader region, and emphasised the importance of strengthening ties between the Kurdistan Region and Australia.

Recognising Erbil’s potential as a hub for regional and international commerce, the Prime Minister and Ambassador also explored opportunities to further develop trade ties between the two countries, notably in the sectors of industry and agriculture. The Prime Minister welcomed more Australian investment and expertise in this regard.

 

 

Prime Minister Masrour Barzani's statement on Christmas

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani in a statement on Thursday extended his best wishes to fellow Christians celebrating Christmas.

In his statement, the Prime Minister said:

“I extend my best wishes to Christians in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq, and around the world, on the occasion of Christmas. I wish you a happy and peaceful feast during this holiday season.

“The Christian community is an important and indigenous part of the Kurdistani society. They, along with other communities, have played an important role in forming the Kurdistani nation.

“The Kurdistan Region prides itself on being a haven for different religious and ethnic groups in the region. On this holy occasion, we reiterate our commitment to further deepening and strengthening the culture of tolerance, forgiveness, and peaceful coexistence for all communities in the Kurdistan Region, which has a long tradition of celebrating diversity and multiculturalism.

“I hope the advent of this feast, along with the new year, brings with it more stability and peace, and marks an end to times of crises and hardships in Kurdistan and all around the world.”

 

 

https://gov.krd/english/government/the-prime-minister/activities/posts/2020/december/prime-minister-masrour-barzanis-statement-on-christmas/

 

 

 

 

President Nechirvan Barzani’s Christmas message

 Erbil, Kurdistan Region – December 24, 2020

The President of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani issued the following message on Christmas:

On the occasion of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, I extend my warmest congratulations to our Christian community in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq and around the world. I wish them a peaceful and joyous holiday and hope that this occasion will bring about more peace, tolerance and mutual respect in Iraq, the greater region and the world.

Regrettably, as in other countries around the world, large Christmas celebrations in the Kurdistan Region have been deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Christmas, however, will be honored and celebrated in the hearts of people of peace and goodwill everywhere, including in Kurdistan, where one of the oldest Christian communities in the world continues to survive and thrive. I hope that future celebrations will be held under better circumstances.

On this sacred occasion, we reiterate that the Kurdistan Region, as always, will remain a cradle of tolerance, pluralism and peaceful coexistence for all communities. Together, through unity, consensus and resilience, we have managed to overcome periods of hardship and severe crises in the past. Therefore, we will address current challenges, including the pandemic, and move forward towards a brighter future.

Terrorism has caused destruction and displacement among our communities. We reassure our Christian citizens that we will continue to exert our best efforts to support the reconstruction and resettlement of their treasured homelands. We shall endeavor to protect their rights and prevent future displacement.

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Nechirvan Barzani
President of the Kurdistan Region

 

 

https://presidency.gov.krd/en/president-nechirvan-barzanis-christmas-message/

 

PM Masrour Barzani receives call from US Secretary of State

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) – PM Masrour Barzani spoke by phone today with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. During the call, PM Barzani thanked Secretary Pompeo for his personal support to the Kurdistan Region throughout his tenure.

PM Barzani and Secretary Pompeo had a lengthy exchange about Erbil-Baghdad relations and the budget dispute in particular. In this regard, PM Barzani proposed that the United States and the United Nations join high-level talks to help advance a Constitutional settlement. The PM appreciated Secretary Pompeo’s call for a fair and equitable share of the federal budget for Iraq as a whole, including the Kurdistan Region.

Turning to KRG-US bilateral relations, PM Barzani noted efforts to expand energy cooperation. PM Barzani called on the United States to extend stipend payments to the Peshmerga. He also emphasised the importance of continued USAID technical assistance.

Both also discussed regional security challenges, practical ways to de-escalate tensions on the border between KRG and Northern Syria, and the need to fully implement the Sinjar Agreement to facilitate the return of Yazidis to their ancestral homeland.

 

 

https://gov.krd/english/government/the-prime-minister/activities/posts/2020/december/pm-masrour-barzani-receives-call-from-us-secretary-of-state/

 

 

 

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