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Monday, 04 October 2021 05:18

 Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Sunday met a delegation of two Swedish MPs, Hakan Svenneling and Yasmine Posio.

They discussed the latest developments in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq’s upcoming elections.

The living conditions of all of Kurdistan Region’s diverse communities were discussed, along with the implementation of the Shingal agreement, refugees, IDPs and how to ease their return.



 

Monday, 04 October 2021 05:17

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, September 30, 2021

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani received Ms. Jennifer Gavito, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran and Iraq, in Erbil on Thursday.

At the meeting, also attended by the US Consul General, the relations of the Kurdistan Region and Iraq with the United States were highlighted. Ms. Gavito reaffirmed that the US views Iraq as a significant partner and stressed that the US relations with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region are friendly based on long-term strategic partnership which cover many areas. Ms. Gavito viewed the stability of Iraq as important and necessary to maintain stability in the wider region. Both sides agreed that this visit is important and timely to demonstrates the US engagement with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.

Mrs. Gavito reiterated America’s commitment to continue its support for reforms in the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs and the reorganization of the Ministry’s forces, noting that the US can assist and participate in the Kurdistan Region in other areas including in security, energy, economy and education. She also referred to her visit to Erbil Castle and the restoration process at the historical site, stressing that they will encourage American investments in the Kurdistan Region, particularly through the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) which provides financial support to investment projects.

President Nechirvan Barzani congratulated Mrs. Gavito on assuming the new office, commended the continued US support to Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, and reiterated the readiness of the Kurdistan Region to strengthen relations with the US and to expand mutual cooperation. The President also referred to the increasing investment opportunities for American businesses in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.

Discussions also covered the upcoming elections in Iraq and the importance of the ongoing preparations to hold fair and free polls in the country. The President hoped that the elections would provide another opportunity for all Iraqi forces and parties to work together and implement the Constitution and the federal system.

The Iraq-US Strategic Dialogue, the latest political and security developments in Iraq, the challenges facing the country, the threats of terrorism and ISIS operations in Iraq and the wider region, the tasks of the International Coalition in Iraq, the relations of Erbil and Baghdad and other issues of mutual interest were discussed at the meeting.

 

Monday, 04 October 2021 05:14

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Sunday met Attila Toth, Hungary’s new Consul General to Erbil.

PM Barzani congratulated Toth on assuming office, wishing him luck.

The Consul General pledged Hungary places great value on coexistence in the Kurdistan Region and wants deeper ties, especially in trade and investment.



 

Saturday, 18 September 2021 00:48

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) – Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Saturday met Viola von Cramon, head of the European Union’s Election Observation Mission.

Prime Minister Barzani praised the EU role and hoped for a fraud and violence-free election, especially in disputed territories.

He also expressed KRG’s readiness to support and cooperate with the mission.

Viola von Cramon briefed Prime Minister Barzani that their role is to observe and not to interfere in the election process.

 
 
 
 
https://gov.krd/english/government/the-prime-minister/activities/posts/2021/september/pm-masrour-barzani-met-the-head-of-the-eu-election-observation-mission/
Saturday, 18 September 2021 00:47

London, UK, September 16, 2021

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani met with Mr. Nadim Zahawi, the United Kingdom’s Secretary of Education, in London on Friday.

During the meeting, President Nechirvan Barzani congratulated Mr. Zahawi on assuming the office and wished him success in his new mission as the new Secretary of Education in the UK.

The President stated: It’s an honor to see a Kurd hold an important ministerial position in Britain with great achievements in his political and administrative career.

The President underlined the importance of Kurdistan Region benefiting from the experiences and successes of the UK in education and school system, especially in vocational education which is highly important for the Kurdistan Region.

For his part, Mr. Zahawi expressed delight in meeting President Nechirvan Barzani who was heading the first official delegation from outside of the UK visiting the incoming Secretary of Education.

Mr. Zahawi reiterated the willingness of the United Kingdom to cooperate with the Kurdistan Region and Iraq in education and stated that the Kurdistan Region, as other countries in the Middle East, can benefit from their joint cooperation.

Discussions also focused on the developments in Iraq and the wider region.

 

https://presidency.gov.krd/en/kurdistan-region-president-meets-with-uk-secretary-of-education/

Saturday, 18 September 2021 00:47

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Friday met with Iraqi President Barham Salih.

During the meeting the latest developments in Iraq and the relationship between Erbil and Baghdad were discussed.

Both sides emphasized the importance of solving outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad.

The forthcoming Iraqi parliamentary elections and need for a fair and transparent voting system that takes into account the rights of the entire population were also discussed.

 
 
 
 
 
https://gov.krd/english/government/the-prime-minister/activities/posts/2021/september/pm-masrour-barzani-meets-with-iraqi-president/
Thursday, 16 September 2021 23:14

London, UK, September 16, 2021

Continuing his official visit to the United Kingdom, Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani received Sir John Major, former British Prime Minister, a renowned politician and a friend of the people of Kurdistan.

President Nechirvan Barzani reiterated the gratitude of the people of the Kurdistan Region to Sir John Major for his support and assistance to the people of Kurdistan during the difficult periods of the early 1990s. The President praised and highly valued the efforts of Sir John Major and other world leaders supporting the people of Kurdistan, which led to the Security Council resolution 688, the establishment of the no fly zone and the formation of a safe haven for the people of Kurdistan.

Referring to these events, President Nechirvan Barzani stated: “The people of Kurdistan will never forget your, Britain’s and other countries compassion and friendship and always value your continued support and assistance.

For his part, Sir John Major expressed his affinity for the people of Kurdistan and wished the Kurdistan Region success.

Discussions also focused on the security and political situation in Iraq, the wider region, as well as the developments in the Kurdistan Region, achievements and progress in the past 30 years.

Friday, 17 September 2021 08:09

London, UK, September 16, 2021

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani was warmly received by Mr. Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, at 10 Downing Street in London on Friday.

Prime Minister Johnson expressed his delight in receiving the President, thanked him for the visit and reiterated that the UK attaches importance to its relations with the Kurdistan Region and Iraq. The Prime Minister said that the UK relations with the Kurdistan Region were formed 30 years ago with the establishment of the no fly zone. Mr. Johnson said these mutual relations will grow stronger and the UK is committed to continue strengthening bilateral ties.

Prime Minister Johnson reiterated that the relations are historic and need to be made stronger, especially the economic relations. The Prime Minister affirmed the willingness of the UK to expand trade and commerce and to increase visiting delegations to both countries. Mr. Johnson expressed willingness to visit Erbil again and said: I have great memories from the previous visit. The Prime Minister thanked the President for his role in resolving differences in Iraq and ensuring stability.

For his part, President Nechirvan Barzani referred to his visit to London and his meeting with Prime Minister Johnson as reassuring and important for expansion of relations, especially after the recent events in the region. The President expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister, the UK government and the allies for their political, military and humanitarian support to Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. The President stressed that the Kurdistan Region is willing to expand all areas of mutual cooperation with the United Kingdom, especially in trade and investments.

Regarding Erbil-Baghdad relations and their pending differences, the President affirmed that talks are ongoing in a positive atmosphere with the Iraqi federal government. The President reiterated that the Kurdistan Region is willing to resolve all disputes based on the constitution.

Discussions also covered COVID-19 pandemic, terror threats and the dangers of ISIS resurgence, which continues to pose a considerable threat.

Iraq and the Kurdistan Region’s relations with the neighboring and regional countries, the status of the refugees and the displaced people in the Kurdistan Region, developments in Afghanistan and other topics of mutual interest were highlighted.

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