Kurdistan Region President and Sweden’s Minister of Foreign affairs hold meeting

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, November 22, 2021

President Nechirvan Barzani received Ms. Ann Linde, Sweden’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and her accompanying delegation, in Erbil late Monday evening.

The meeting covered a wide range of pressing issues including the developments in Iraq, the recent parliamentary elections in the country and the election results, Sweden’s relations with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, investment opportunities for Swedish businesses in the Kurdistan Region, the status of the refugees, the condition of al-Hawl refugee camp in Syria and the threats posed by ISIS networks.

Discussions also focused on the democratic process, human rights, civil liberties, gender equality, the judicial system in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, the climate change and its growing implications especially for Iraq.

President Nechirvan Barzani and Foreign Minister Linde reiterated the importance of political stability in Iraq and reaching a common understanding among parties on the future of the political process in the country and settling any dispute regarding the election results through legal channels. They expressed hope that the upcoming Iraqi government, based on the election results, will address and meet the demands and expectations of citizens in Iraq for a better livelihood and improved public services.

The President and the Foreign Minister exchanged views on the importance of the continuing efforts to improve the conditions for women in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region and their broader and more active participation in the political process and governance. Preserving democratic principles, liberties, human rights, equality and enhancing the judiciary system were underlined.

The relations between Erbil and Baghdad, relations between the Kurdistan Region and neighboring countries, ongoing efforts to bring ISIS terrorists to justice, the latest developments in the wider region and other topics of mutual interest were also highlighted.

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Kurdistan Region President receives Ambassador of the Netherlands

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, November 22, 2021

President Nechirvan Barzani received Mr. Michel Rentenaar, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Iraq, in Erbil on Monday.

At the meeting, the developments in Iraq, especially the recent parliamentary elections and the ongoing row over the election outcome were discussed. Discussions also covered a wide range of other issues including the Netherlands’ relations with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region in all areas and ways to strengthen bilateral ties, the role and contributions of the Dutch forces within the International Coalition against ISIS, and the Netherlands’ support and cooperation with the Ministry of Peshmarga as part of efforts to reform and unite the Peshmarga forces.

The President and the Ambassador agreed that disputes regarding the outcome of the elections should be settled through legal and constitutional channels and that after accepting the results, negotiations should start to form the new Iraqi cabinet.

Expanding Kurdistan Region’s relations with the Netherlands, particularly in agriculture, investments and private sector, and academic exchange and coordination between the two sides were also highlighted.

President Nechirvan Barzani expressed his appreciation for the Netherlands’ support to the Kurdistan Region and Iraq as part of the International Coalition against ISIS and valued the contributions of the Netherlands to the Ministry of Peshmarga to conduct reforms.

The regional developments and other topics of mutual interest were highlighted.

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Kurdistan Region President and Iraq’s President hold meeting

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, November 17, 2021

President Nechirvan Barzani received Dr. Barham Salih, the President of the Republic of Iraq, on Wednesday.

Discussions focused on the situation in Iraq, the outcome of the parliamentary elections, Erbil-Baghdad relations and efforts aimed at resolving differences, the formation of the upcoming Iraqi cabinet, the war on terror, confronting ISIS threats and the latest regional developments.

Both sides reaffirmed the need and importance of cooperation and coordination among Iraqi factions to overcome challenges. They agreed that collective efforts are needed to ensure stability, to form a government that addresses the expectations and demands of citizens and to correct the course of the political process in Iraq.

 

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Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani met Mahdi Safari, Iran’s deputy foreign minister for economic diplomacy.

Both sides discussed ways to further develop ties between the Kurdistan Region and the Islamic Republic of Iran, especially in trade and investment.

They also discussed local developments and the relationship between Kurdistan Region and the federal government.

 
 
 
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Kurdistan Region President receives Consul General of Hungary

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, October 28, 2021

President Nechirvan Barzani received Mr. Attila Toth, the Consul General of Hungary in Erbil on Thursday.

The President congratulated Mr. Toth on assuming the office, wished him success in his duties in the Kurdistan Region and expressed support for his new mission. The President offered his gratitude to Hungary for its support to the Kurdistan Region and Iraq within the International Coalition against ISIS. The President also thanked Hungary for its humanitarian assistance to refugees and displaced people in the Kurdistan Region and reaffirmed Kurdistan Region’s willingness to strengthen bilateral ties.

Consul General Toth expressed delight over his new mission, reiterating his country’s commitment to expand ties with the Kurdistan Region, especially economic relations, and seeking greater opportunities for partnership.

Discussions also focused on Iraq’s elections, the future of the political process in the country, efforts to form the next Iraqi government and the war on terrorism.

 

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PM Masrour Barzani meets American LDS organisation

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Thursday met delegates from the American LDS organisation.

The Premier thanked the delegation which has helped the Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) with aid to displaced and poor people.

They praised the Kurdistan Region for taking over a million displaced people, despite the financial crisis, and discussed the importance of returning Yezidis to their hometown Shingal.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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PM Masrour Barzani meets German Ambassador to Iraq

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Tuesday met Martin Jaegar, the new German ambassador to Iraq.

Prime Minister Barzani congratulated ambassador Jaegar and hoped for further links between Kurdistan Region, Iraq, and Germany.

The ambassador thanked the KRG for its cooperation and expressed Germany’s wish for greater ties.

Both sides also discussed the recent Iraq and German elections, and the KRG’s reform process, along with continued support for the Peshmerga.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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PM Masrour Barzani meets Turkish Ambassador to Iraq

 Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Wednesday met Ali Reza Guney, Turkey’s ambassador to Iraq.

Also present was the Turkish consul general in Erbil and both sides discussed developing relations between Turkey, Iraq, and the Kurdistan Region.

They emphasised bilateral cooperation, especially in trade and commerce.

 
 
 
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Kurdistan Region President meets with UK Ambassador

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, October 21, 2021

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani met with Mr. Mark Bryson-Richardson, the United Kingdom’s Ambassador to Iraq, in Erbil on Thursday.

At the meeting, attended by the UK Consul General in Erbil, the relations of the Kurdistan Region and Iraq with the United Kingdom, the latest developments in the country, the parliamentary elections in Iraq, the improvement in process from previous elections, and the importance of settling any disputes through the appropriate legal channels were highlighted.

Discussions also covered the Erbil-Baghdad relations, President Nechirvan Barzani’s recent visit to London, the ongoing efforts to contain COVID-19 pandemic, the war on terrorism and confronting ISIS.

President Nechirvan Barzani and Ambassador Richardson reaffirmed commitment to strengthen relations and agreed that Iraq’s future government should be responsive to the will and expectations of its citizens. In regards to confronting COVID-19 and its wide ranging implications especially for schools, education and the economy, it was affirmed that the vaccination process needs to be expanded. Both sides also expressed delight over the coordination between the Peshmarga forces and the Iraqi army with support from the International Coalition to confront ISIS.

The President reiterated the importance of unity among Kurdistani factions in Baghdad and the efforts of the Kurdistan Region Presidency to achieve this. The President also offered his appreciation for the UK support and assistance to Iraq and the Kurdistan Region and referred to his recent visit to London, his meetings with UK Prime Minister and other officials in the United Kingdom, and the outcome of the meetings there. The President commended the role of the UK Embassy and Consulate General in Baghdad and Erbi in this regard.

Discussions also covered the developments in the wider region and other topics of mutual interest.

Kurdistan Region President meets with Ambassador of Sweden

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, October 21, 2021

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani received Mr. Jonas Lovèn, the incoming Ambassador of Sweden to Iraq, in Erbil on Thursday.

The President congratulated Ambassador Lovèn on assuming office, wished him success in his new mission, and expressed full support for his assignment. The President also commended Sweden’s aid to the Kurdistan Region.

Ambassador Lovèn referred to the importance that Sweden attaches to its relations with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region in all areas of cooperation, encouraging Swedish businesses to invest in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.

The President voiced Kurdistan Region’s willingness to welcome and support Swedish investments, gave a brief overview of the election law in Iraq, the voting process and the outcome of the elections. The President expressed his appreciation for the cooperation of the UNAMI, the European Union and their global partners with Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission.

Boosting relations, the developments in the wider region, the impacts of global warming especially on Iraq, the works and activities of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Representative in Sweden, and the status of the Kurdistani community in Sweden were highlighted.

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