President Nechirvan Barzani attends memorial service on the 5th anniversary of the late President Jalal Talabani’s passing

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, October 3, 2022

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani attended a memorial service today in Erbil honoring the life of the late President Jalal Talabani on the 5th anniversary of his passing. Iraq’s President Dr. Barham Salih, Iraq’s Prime Minister Mr. Mustafa Kadhimi, Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Mr. Masrour Barzani, the Speaker of the Kurdistan Regional Parliament Dr. Rewaz Fayeq and a number of ministers and senior officials of the Kurdistan Region and Iraq also participated in today’s memorial service.

The following is a readout of the speech delivered by President Nechirvan Barzani:

Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Good afternoon and welcome all.

Today, October 3rd, on the anniversary of the passing of Mam Jalal, we pay tribute to his soul and honor his memory. It is true that a few years have passed since Mam Jalal bade farewell for the last time, but throughout these years and after his deteriorating health prevented him from continuing his political duties, we have always felt the void that Mam Jalal has left.

On this anniversary, I pay tribute to Mam Jalal, and I send my best regards to his companion, his comrade and wife, Ms. Hero. I hope she is in good health and I wish her a long life.

Dear honorable guests,
I am glad that the “President Mam Jalal Foundation” is being announced today. I would like to thank the founding board of this institution and I wish its managers and directors success.

Mam Jalal’s history is a crucial part of the modern history of the liberation movement in Kurdistan. It is important to have an institution which shows his struggle. Having an institution to introduce current and future generations to President Mam Jalal’s struggle is necessary.

I hope the work of this institution will be carried out successfully. Mam Jalal put great energy and effort into journalism, supported Kurdish publications and the Kurdish cultural work; I hope this institution becomes an extended pathway of Mam Jalal’s route.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
I met Mam Jalal during the days of creating peace and consensus, and therefore for me, more than anything else, he was a great leader of preserving peace and collective work.

On November 8, 1986, the late Mam Jalal and my late father, signed the reconciliation agreement between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). That day, I accompanied my father to the meeting. It was a very historic day for the people of Kurdistan.

On that day, I saw Mam Jalal for the first time. Up until his health deteriorated and passed away, a good and respectful relation continued between us. His soul returned to the God Almighty, but his love and respect will always remain with us.

That agreement of 1986, later led to a grand reconciliation among all parties of Iraqi Kurdistan, ended the civil war, and resulted in the formation of the Kurdistani Front.

Because of the Kurdistani Front, the Kurdistan liberation movement and the people of Kurdistan were able to endure the crimes of the chemical attacks and the genocidal Anfal. Because of the Kurdistani Front, the uprising succeeded and for the first time, a free election was held in Kurdistan with the Parliament and the Kurdistan Regional Government being established.

After the civil war erupted in 1994, President Mam Jalal’s desire for peace and H.E President Barzani’s belief in peace resulted in them signing the reconciliation agreement in 1998 in Washington. This became a new stage of peace and a phase full of constitutional and political achievements being recorded for the people of Kurdistan.

Many achievements were made for the people of Kurdistan; all of which were obtained because of President Mam Jalal and President Masoud Barzani working together. Mam Jalal did his utmost to support Kak Masoud, and Kak Masoud never failed to support Mam Jalal.

When the post of the Iraqi Presidency was at stake (which according to the constitution should be assigned to a Kurd), President Masoud Barzani did not give in to the pressure of the US president and regional pressures in 2010 and Mam Jalal was reelected president.

This harmony of work was the order through many years; it brought stability and success for the people of Kurdistan, and therefore these years must truly be called ‘the golden years.’ During these years and because of this consensus and unity, Kurdistan experienced protracted growth, stability, progress, development, reconstruction and welfare, which all of Kurdistan took pride in.

Mam Jalal was very much concerned to preserve the existing consensus and solidarity. At many occasions he told me that if time went back, he would never allow differences to emerge between him and the late Mustafa Barzani. Later, he expressed this sentiment through public media and platforms as well. With firm conviction, Mam Jalal used to say that he had unilaterally decided not to become part of disputes or a civil war, no matter what the consequences and the cost would be.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
The unity of KDP and PUK and signing the Strategic Agreement between them by President Mam Jalal and President Masoud Barzani brought great achievements for the people of Kurdistan and led to peace and democracy in the country.

Unfortunately, some people and parties said at the time that the Strategic Agreement was suffocating democracy. But if we look at the post-agreement era between the KDP and the PUK, we realize that their assessment was not correct. Following the Strategic Agreement, many general and local elections followed, as well as many union and syndicate elections.

In the aftermath of the KDP-PUK Strategic Agreement, the conditions for the stability and progress of state and government institutions emerged; the environment for opposition groups in Kurdistan Region was formed; media freedom was broadened; fragmentation between the two administrations in Erbil and Sulaymaniyah eased; the conditions to unify national forces improved and collaboration between the security agencies widened.

All of these made the domestic unity stronger and led to a robust Kurdistan in Iraq and the wider region. At the same time, it rallied greater global support for the people of Kurdistan and their rights.

Those who criticized the KDP-PUK Strategic Agreement were not aware that the agreement was very much necessary for that period in Kurdistan. They were not aware that without the Strategic Agreement, the conditions in Kurdistan would deteriorate, and lead to a weaker position and influence.

Indeed, the KDP and the PUK, as two main forces in Kurdistan Region and Iraq, once again need a new mutual agreement now according to the conditions of the period. An agreement between the KDP and the PUK, and unity and consensus between all communities of Kurdistan is very much needed to prevent further fragmentation of the decision making and political will of the people of Kurdistan.

Strengthening the position of the Kurdistan Region must be at the centre, since the strength of us all depends on the position of the Kurdistan Region. Our strength comes from our unity. The factors that can make Kurdistan Region strong again are the KDP, the PUK, and the consensus and unity of all parties and factions.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Mam Jala made the post of the Iraqi presidency strong and great, since he was a factor of solidarity for all the Iraqi forces, as he was a great defender of the Kurds, Shiites, Sunnis and all other communities. Mam Jalal’s office in Baghdad became a place to dampen disagreements and resolve disputes. With Mam Jalal’s departure from Bagdad, a great pillar of consensus was lost, and a main centre of political dialogue was absent, to the extent that even today the people and parties in Iraq are well aware of it.

As we come together on this occasion, we remember dialogues, talks and searching for an agreement. I am certain that all of you have now stronger will to conduct talks and resolve differences. Therefore, I ask you to come forward with initiatives and actions towards that noble objective. Do not see dialogue, initiatives and agreements as failure or concessions. Because the one who is engaged in dialogue and forms agreements is always a winner.

I hope the memory of Mam Jalal will inspire the unity of Kurdistani parties and encourages the talks among Iraqi sides. On this occasion I ask all Kurdistani parties to come to agreement and work together. I ask all Iraqi sides to remember the days when Mam Jalal was the president and brought together all communities for the highest interest of all Iraqis.

Similarly, today we need to come together and resolve the issues collectively with the same spirit. The Iraqi people are truly exhausted from the political disputes, since they know that as long as the disputes continue, public services will be incomplete and the stability and sovereignty of the country will be weak.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
As we mark this day, I remember many occasions with Mam Jalal. Often, when there was a dispute, Mam Jalal would say with his great humor: ‘Let’s have a chat.’ Thanks to God, those chats always led to achievements and averted disagreements.

Let us do the same today and decide to agree. Concession for the sake of agreement and for sake of the people is victory and is in no ways considered failure.

Tributes to the soul of Mam Jala and may he rest in peace. Welcome all again and thank you.

PM Masrour Barzani meets Iraqi counterpart

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani received today his Iraqi counterpart, Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

Both discussed the outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad and stressed the crucial importance of continuing constructive dialogue to resolve the issues.

Prime Minister Barzani conveyed his concerns regarding the Kurdistan Region’s constitutionally guaranteed share of the Federal budget having been withheld in recent times.

Both sides also emphasized the centrality of ensuring the rights of all constituents within Iraq.


President Nechirvan Barzani receives Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, October 3, 2022

President Nechirvan Barzani received today in Erbil Mr. Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, the Prime Minister of Iraq.

The meeting discussed the latest political developments in the country and the efforts of the Iraqi Federal Government and the Kurdistan Region to bring the political parties closer together and to protect peace and stability at home. Both sides agreed that dialogue is the only way to reach a solution to the existing problems.

The President and the Prime Minister emphasized that it is a collective duty to protect the lives of the citizens and demonstrators in all of Iraq, as well as to protect public and private properties. They also highlighted that all sides must support the security forces to carry out their mission of protecting the country’s security and stability.

Discussions also covered the latest security developments and the recent targeting of several areas in the Kurdistan Region. Both sides reiterated that Iraqi sovereignty must be respected, and reiterated that Iraq must not become a battleground to settle regional disputes. They also stressed that Iraq and the Kurdistan Region are committed to friendly relations with neighboring countries and that Iraqi soil must not be a source of threat to these countries.

President Nechirvan Barzani receives the Ambassador of Qatar

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, September 13, 2022

President Nechirvan Barzani received today in Erbil the Ambassador of Qatar to Iraq, Mr. Khalid bin Hamad Al Sulaiti.

Discussions covered the bilateral relations of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region with Qatar, the political situation in Iraq and the latest developments in the country. The meeting also discussed the efforts to open the Consulate General of Qatar in Erbil in the future, investment opportunities for Qatari businesses in the Kurdistan Region, and the preparations by Qatar to host the World Cup 2022.

Both sides stressed the willingness of Qatar and Kurdistan to further promote relations and joint cooperation between them and to provide the conditions for Qatari investments in various sectors in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq; they also discussed the importance of direct Qatar airways flights to Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.

Discussions also covered the importance of Iraq’s political stability for the region, the relations between Iraq and the Kurdistan Region with neighboring and regional countries, and other issues of mutual interest.

President Nechirvan Barzani offers condolences to the United Kingdom

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, September 11,2022
President Nechirvan Barzani visited the Consulate General of the United Kingdom in Erbil this morning, to pay his respects following HM Queen Elizabeth’s death. The President left the first handwritten note in the Consulate’s condolence book.

In his note, the President expressed his condolences to HM King Charles III, the Royal Family, the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations, and offered his sympathies.

The President also referred to the respected position of HM Queen Elizabeth II who was revered and admired around the world. The President stressed that he and the people of the Kurdistan Region stand with His Majesty the King and the royal family in this difficult time.

President Nechirvan Barzani receives the Ambassador of China

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, August 28, 2022

President Nechirvan Barzani received today in Erbil the incoming Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Iraq, Mr. Cui Wei and his accompanying delegation.

At the meeting, President Nechirvan Barzani welcomed the new Ambassador of China to Iraq, congratulated him on assuming the office and wished him success. The President also reiterated the support of the Kurdistan Region for Ambassador Cui Wei and reaffirmed the willingness to develop bilateral relations between the Kurdistan Region and China in all areas. The President also thanked China for its continuous support to the medical Institutions of the Kurdistan Region during COVID-19 outbreak.

For his part, the incoming Ambassador of China to Iraq commended the progresses made in the Kurdistan Region and valued the sacrifices of the Peshmarga forces in the war against ISIS. Ambassador Cui expressed his country’s desire to develop bilateral relations with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, noting that Iraq is an important trade partner of China, and hoping to increase the level of export and import with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.

Discussions also covered the work and services of the Chinese Embassy in Baghdad and their Consulate in Erbil; the political developments in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region and other topics of mutual interest were highlighted.

President Nechirvan Barzani receives the outgoing Consul General of Germany

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, August 7, 2022

President Nechirvan Barzani received today in Erbil Germany’s outgoing Consul General in the Kurdistan Region, Mr. Klemens Semtner.

The President thanked Consul General Semtner for his efforts to promote his country’s relations with the Kurdistan Region and wished him success in his upcoming assignment.

For his part, the German Consul General referred to his term in office in the Kurdistan Region and thanked the relevant parties for their cooperation and support during his tenure, commending the efforts of President Nechirvan Barzani to bring about unity among political factions.

Discussions also focused on the bilateral relations of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region with Germany, the Iraqi political process, the situation in Sinjar and other issues of mutual interest.

Statement by PM Masrour Barzani on the Anniversary of the Barzani Genocide

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani issued the following statement on the occasion of the 39th anniversary of the Barzani Genocide:

“Today we commemorate one of the greatest and most unforgettable crimes of the former Iraqi regime: the massacre and genocide of nearly 8,000 innocent Barzani civilians. The commemoration of the victims of this atrocity is especially sad this year as it coincides with the return of the remains of 100 more Barzani Anfal victims from the deserts of southern Iraq to the Kurdistan Region and their homeland in Barzan.

“The Barzan region has been the center of Kurdishness, revolution and uprising against oppression and occupation for more than a century. It has been a refuge of tolerance and peace for all who have turned to it in the face of injustice and oppression. Consequently, this region, like all other regions of Kurdistan, has consistently faced military attacks, destruction, bombings and the use of prohibited weapons.

“The genocide of the Barzanis is part of a series of crimes against the Barzan area and all other areas of the Kurdistan Region, which marked the beginning of the Anfal genocide and chemical attacks on the Kurdistan Region.

“On the anniversary of this massacre, we commemorate the martyrs of the Barzanis and all the martyrs of the Kurdistan Region. The commemoration of the Barzani Genocide is also the commemoration of all the Anfal victims and martyrs of the Kurdistan Region in Garmian, Badinan, Balisan, Sheikh Wasanan, Failis and Sinjar.

“We should also remember with appreciation the sacrifices and perseverance of the kind mothers and relatives of the victims, who proudly and stoically faced the hardships of life and the consequences of this atrocity. We also thank the people of Erbil and other parts of Kurdistan Region for their courage, assistance and solidarity with the families of the Anfal victims.

“On this occasion, we once again demand compensation to the families of the victims of genocide and Anfal from the Iraqi Federal Government, as stipulated in the Constitution, which, unfortunately, for many years, like many other articles, has been neglected and should no longer be ignored.

“The Kurdish people must always remember these crimes committed against them and must never sacrifice the freedom and self-governance of the Kurdish people under any pretext or for any purpose.

“On the anniversary of the Barzani Genocide, we pay our respects to the souls of all the martyrs and Anfal victims of Kurdistan Region.

“We will always remember them with dignity.”

Masrour Barzani
Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region

31 Jul 2022

Prime Minister Masrour Barzani meets with Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD)- Prime Minister Masrour Barzani met today, Prime Minister of the Iraqi Federal Government Mustafa Al-Kadhimi in Baghdad.

During the meeting, they discussed all national affairs and issues that concern the lives of Iraqi citizens and the provision of services and ways to continue joint work between Baghdad and Erbil in a way that achieves food security for all Iraqis and ensures a decent life for them.

The two sides expressed their strong condemnation of the Turkish aggressions on Iraqi territory, especially the recent attack that claimed the lives of many innocent citizens. They also stressed the importance of a unified vision to deal with the attack, and investigate its circumstances, in a way that fortifies Iraq's sovereignty and prevents violating it in the future.

Security coordination between the federal security forces and the forces of the Kurdistan region of Iraq was also discussed, as well as the importance of continuing to confront the threat of ISIS and other terrorist organizations, and ensuring that they do not threaten the security of Iraqis again.

The two sides also discussed ways to tackle the effects of the economic challenges suffered by the world and the region and the importance of creating the appropriate atmosphere for economic development. Accordingly, they emphasized the need to strengthen cooperation and joint coordination between the federal government and the regional government to attract investments and maximize revenues.

In this context, it was agreed to increase dialogue between the Federal Ministry of Oil and the Ministry of Natural Resources in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to address the outstanding issues and continue working to reach common solutions, and achieve a state of integration in the management of the oil resources, in a manner that serves s the interest of the Iraqi people.

The Prime Ministers stressed the importance of working as one team and focusing on common interests in a way that achieves security, stability, and prosperity for all Iraqi people.


PM Masrour Barzani meets Kuwaiti Consul General in Erbil

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Thursday met with the Consul General of Kuwait in Erbil, Dr. Omar Al-Kanderi.

Prime Minister Barzani offered his thanks to the Kuwaiti Consul General for his efforts in developing bilateral relations between the Kurdistan Region and Kuwait, and wished him success in his future endeavors.

In response, the Consul General thanked the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) for their continuous cooperation and coordination with the Consulate General of Kuwait.


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