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Readout of PM Masrour Barzani’s call with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) – Prime Minister Masrour Barzani spoke by phone today with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to discuss the terror attack on Erbil last week.

During the call, the Prime Minister thanked Foreign Minister Le Drian for France’s prompt condemnation of the attack. He said that new information has been learned from the joint investigation with the federal government in Baghdad. Both agreed to stay in close contact in this regard.

On regional developments, Prime Minister Barzani and Foreign Minister Le Drian agreed that ISIS remains a serious threat to regional security and called for stronger cooperation between the Kurdistan Region, Iraq and the Global Coalition.

They also reaffirmed the strong friendship between the peoples of the Kurdistan Region and France.

 

 

Readout of PM Masrour Barzani’s call with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian | Kurdistan Regional Government

 

 

 

 

Kurdistan Region President meets with the U.S. Ambassador

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, February 24, 2021

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani received the United States’ Ambassador to Iraq, Mr. Matthew Tueller in Erbil today.

Discussions focused on the latest security and political developments in Iraq, the recent attacks on Erbil, Balad and Baghdad, and the need for coordination among relevant authorities in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region to confront security threats, the importance of the continuing support from the international coalition to fight terrorism and preserve peace and stability.

Ambassador Tueller reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to continue Iraq-U.S. strategic dialogue as President Nechirvan Barzani described the strategic dialogue as an important framework for further strengthening of the U.S. relations with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. The President reiterated that the Kurdistan Region is willing to maintain a strong and active relation with the Federal Government of Iraq and expressed readiness to resolve the disputes in accordance with the spirit and letter of the country’s constitution.

Other topics of discussion included the developments in the Kurdistan Region and the importance of unity among parties, the coronavirus pandemic and efforts to secure vaccines, upcoming Iraq elections, the United Nations and the international communities’ election observation and support.

The agreement between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Federal Government on the status of Shingal district, the status of the Nineveh Plains and other topics of mutual interest were highlighted.

 

 

 

 

Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani meets with American Ambassador to Iraq

 Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) – Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani met with the United States Ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Tueller, to discuss recent political and security developments in the region.

The Deputy Prime Minister provided an overview of the current progress in the negotiations between the regional and federal governments regarding the 2021 draft budget bill and the Kurdistan Region’s financial entitlements.

The two officials reaffirmed the need to maintain peace and security in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, and condemned the recent rocket attack on the city of Erbil.

They also discussed the political situation and the latest developments in the Kurdistan Region. The Ambassador reiterated the United States’ continued support for the Kurdistan Region.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

UN Representative welcomes Kurdistan Region President’s greater role in Baghdad-Erbil negotiations

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region, February 14, 2021

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani met with the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Ms. Jeanine Hennis- Plasschaert.

Ms. Plasschaert reiterated that President Nechirvan Barzani can make important contributions to achieving a successful negotiation outcome between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Iraq’s Federal Government with regards to the pending issues, including the Kurdistan Region’s share of the Iraqi 2021 budget. The UNAMI Chief also welcomed the Kurdistan Region Presidency’s efforts to bring the parties in the Region closer together.

Other important topics discussed were: resolving the disputes between the KRG and the Federal Government in accordance with the letter and spirit of the Iraqi Constitution, the political and security developments in Iraq, COVID-19 pandemic, upcoming elections, the status of the refugees and the IDPs in the camps, the continuing threats of the terror resurgence and recent ISIS movements in the disputed territories.

 

 

 

 

Deloitte report on Oil and Gas review in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region – Q1 to Q3 of 2020

 The KRG’s Regional Council of Oil and Gas Affairs has published a report containing verified statistics covering the Kurdistan Region’s oil exports, consumption and revenues for period 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020.

The report, available in Kurdish, English and Arabic, provides a quarterly analysis of oil export information and average prices.

The data verification was performed by Deloitte.

Transparency being central to the cabinet agenda, the KRG regularly assesses what additional disclosures would enhance the transparency of its oil and gas sector. Accordingly, from 2019 the KRG started providing information on the prepayment balances it owes to oil traders and in 2020 disclosures are further extended to include reconciliation between production and exports and local consumptions.

The Regional Council for Oil and Gas Affairs acknowledges the positive feedback received so far from domestic and international stakeholders. The council reiterates its commitment to the people of Kurdistan that Deloitte will continue to independently review the region's oil and gas sector.

Reports containing verified statistics can be found in KurdishEnglish and Arabic. A frequently asked questions handbook (also available in KurdishEnglish and Arabic) will help readers to understand the report's contents.

15 Jan 2021

 https://gov.krd/english/news-and-announcements/posts/2021/january/deloitte-report-on-oil-and-gas-review-in-the-iraqi-kurdistan-region-q1-to-q3-of-2020/

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

 

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