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President Nechirvan Barzani’s New Year Message

President Nechirvan Barzani’s New Year Message

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, December 31, 2022

I wish the families of the fallen heroes, our brave Peshmergas and the security forces, all the people of Kurdistan, Iraq and the world a happy New Year. I hope it will be a year of fulfilment of hopes and success; a year that brings an end to wars, conflicts, epidemics and hardships, and a year in which peace, security and stability prevail around the world.

The interests of the people of Kurdistan must be the main objective for all of us. With the start of the new year, let us make unity, solidarity, mutual acceptance and collective efforts a new chapter in our relationships among the political parties and among all communities in the Kurdistan Region. Let us work together to protect and ensure federalism and the constitutional rights, and resolve the outstanding issues with the Iraqi Federal Government on the basis of the Constitution.

We reiterate once again that the Kurdistan Region will fulfil its shared responsibilities and will continue to be a factor of peace and stability. The Kurdistan Region will support all efforts to resolve the problems and challenges facing the country to achieve peace, security and political stability in Iraq, in a way that the rights of all communities in the country are safeguarded.

We will develop our relations with the neighboring and regional countries, and with our friends and international allies on the basis of respect, unity and common interests. We will continue to cooperate to confront the threat of terrorism and eliminate terrorists. We will work together to consolidate peace and stability.

We will work to improve the lives and welfare of citizens, to further deepen pluralism, coexistence, tolerance, and protection of democracy, human rights, equality and liberties. We look forward to the new year and the future. I wish everyone good health, success, happiness and prosperity.

Nechirvan Barzani
The President of the Kurdistan Region



Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni extends formal invitation to President Nechirvan Barzani to visit Rome

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, December 23, 2022

President Nechirvan Barzani received today in Erbil the Prime Minister of Italy Ms. Giorgia Meloni who is visiting Iraq and the Kurdistan Region on her first official trip outside Europe.

During their meeting today, President Nechirvan Barzani welcomed Prime Minister Meloni to the Kurdistan Region and wished her a Merry Christmas. The President congratulated Ms. Meloni on her electoral victory and assuming the post of the prime minister of Italy. The President also expressed the Kurdistan Region’s appreciation for Italy’s military, political and humanitarian assistance, and its support to Iraq and the Kurdistan Region during the fight against ISIS.

For her part, Prime Minister Meloni stressed that her country attaches special importance to its relations with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region and considered the strength and stability of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region as important for both Iraq and the wider region. In this context, President Nechirvan Barzani reiterated that the Kurdistan Region seeks to resolve all issues with Baghdad through dialogue and on the basis of the Constitution.

The President and the Prime Minister agreed that ISIS is still a real threat to the security and stability of Iraq and Syria, and that Iraq and the Kurdistan Region continue to need the international support to eliminate ISIS. They also stressed on further developing bilateral relations between Italy and the Kurdistan Region and their collective cooperation in all fields. In this context, Prime Minister Meloni extended an official invitation to President Nechirvan Barzani to visit Rome.

Discussions also focused on the program of Prime Minister Meloni to inspect the Italian forces present in the Kurdistan Region within the framework of the International Coalition to eliminate ISIS, and the presence and role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Iraq. The condition of the displaced, the status of the refugees and ethnic and religious communities, especially the Christians and the Yezidis, the situation in the wider region, and the ramifications of the war in Ukraine and other issues of mutual interest were also highlighted.



President Nechirvan Barzani arrives in Doha

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, December 18, 2022

President Nechirvan Barzani arrived in Doha, Qatar today Sunday at the official invitation of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar.

The President will join other world leaders in Doha to attend the World Cup Final.



Prime Minister Barzani’s statement on Kurdistan Flag Day

To mark Kurdistan Flag Day, we commemorate the flag that represents all the different components that make up Kurdistan, raising it high.

We pay our respects to our Peshmerga martyrs who sacrificed their lives for this flag and the land of Kurdistan.

Let us all collectively work towards peace and the reconstruction of Kurdistan under this sacred flag.

Happy Kurdistan Flag Day.

17 Dec 2022

Prime Minister Barzani receives US ambassador

Erbil, Kurdistan Region (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani today received the US Ambassador to Iraq Alina Romanowski.

The Prime Minister stressed that negotiations between the Iraqi federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) are ongoing, aimed at reaching a comprehensive and fair agreement to resolve the outstanding disputes in a way that is in the interest of the Kurdistan Region and Iraqi citizens.

Both sides discussed the situation in Iraq while agreeing on the importance of reaching an immediate solution to the standing issues between the two governments on the basis of the constitution and the new government’s agenda.

The meeting also discussed ways to consolidate relations between the Kurdistan Region and the US, while also touching upon the Sinjar Agreement, and the efforts to ensure the return of IDPs to their homes.


President Nechirvan Barzani meets with the Ambassador of the United States

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, December 14, 2022

President Nechirvan Barzani received today in Erbil the Ambassador of the United States to Iraq, Ms. Alina Romanowski.

The meeting focused on President Nechirvan Barzani’s latest visit to Baghdad and his meetings with high Iraqi officials. Discussions also covered the agenda of the Iraqi federal government, strengthening relations between Erbil and Baghdad, and solving the problems between the two sides on the bases of the constitution and the federal system; and also continuing the visits and discussions between Erbil and Baghdad to reach mutual agreements were discussed.

Both sides emphasized the mutual cooperation among Erbil, Baghdad and the political parties of the country, and agreed on the importance of supporting the Prime Minister and the new cabinet of the federal government of Iraq. They highlighted the current opportunity to solve the problems in Iraq and implement the government’s agenda, emphasizing the importance of implementing the agreement between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Federal Government of Iraq to restabilize the situation in Shingal and facilitate the safe return of the refugees to their home areas.

President Nechirvan Barzani reiterated the importance of mutual understanding and vision on governance, and on managing Iraq’s finances in a way that provide better services for the citizens of Iraq, and becoming the source of peace, stability, and the protection of the sovereignty of the country.

Discussions also covered the importance of protecting the security of the borders and the mutual cooperation of Erbil and Baghdad on this issue. Diversification of energy sources, encouraging foreign capital and production in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, the process of reformation of the Peshmerga forces and their issues, the relations of Iraq with the neighboring countries and the wider region were also highlighted.



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