President Nechirvan Barzani received Armenia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

 Erbil, Kurdistan Region, February 24, 2021

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani received the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, Mr. Artak Apitonian, accompanied by Armenia’s Consul General in Erbil, Mr. Arshak Manoukian.

President Nechirvan Barzani welcomed the opening of Armenia’s Embassy in Baghdad and a Consulate General in Erbil. The President valued the opening of an Armenian cultural centre in Erbil Citadel and the efforts to launch direct flights from Baghdad and Erbil to Yerevan as positive steps to strengthen Iraq and the Kurdistan Region’s relations with the Republic of Armenia.

Discussions also focused on Mr. Apitonian’s recent diplomatic trip to Baghdad, Armenia’s bilateral relations with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region and collaboration between the countries in areas of university studies, technology and agriculture.

Deputy Foreign Minister Apitonian expressed Armenia’s willingness to further strengthen ties with the Kurdistan Region in all areas and thanked the Kurdistan Region for safeguarding the rights of the Armenian community in the Region including their representation in Kurdistan Regional Parliament and the opening of the Armenian Church in Erbil.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, January 26, 2021

The Iran Fars News Agency recently released two films on Erbil. Both films distort facts, insult our Peshmerga and leadership, and ignore the confidence of our people.

Achievements during the war against ISIS were a function of efforts and assistance from many sources – the Kurdistan Region’s security services, especially our Peshmerga, Baghdad forces, and international forces and military assistance from many countries, including our immediate neighbors Turkey and Iran.

Iran’s early support was especially important in stopping the ISIS onslaught. This support enabled a coalition to form that turned back the tide of turmoil and tragedy. It offered opportunity for relations to improve among all partners involved in this mutual critically important endeavor.

The films by an official Iranian agency portray an alternative false and harmful reality that attempts to sabotage mutually beneficial relations between the Kurdistan Region and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Particularly, the films endeavor to sever the important bonds built by Iran’s Commander Qasim Suleimani with our Region during a period when military support from Iran was most vital.

During severely difficult periods, we remember with deep appreciation the welcome and assistance many thousands of us received in Iran during the despotic regime of Saddam Hussein. Since the Kurdistan Regional Government was formed in 1992, we have endeavored to build mutually beneficial, friendly, and productive relations with all our neighbors.

These films – intended to harm our peaceful relations by insulting our fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives against a mutual foe – are destructive and only serve to generate harmful divisions and avoidable discord. Despite these attacks, our Kurdistan Region will continue to be a peaceful place open to people of all ethnicities and religions.

We urge the Islamic Republic of Iran to desist in such destructive measures by taking appropriate action towards ensuring the sacred well-being of both the Kurdistan Region and the Islamic Republic of Iran is promoted and preserved.

Nechirvan Barzani
President of the Kurdistan Region
Erbil, 26 January 2021

 

 

 

 

Kurdistan Region Presidency condemns Baghdad terror attacks

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, January 21, 2021

The Kurdistan Region Presidency issued the following statement condemning terrorist attacks in Baghdad:

We strongly condemn the terrorist attacks that killed and wounding innocent people in Baghdad. We extend our condolences to the victims’ families. We share their grief and wish the wounded a speedy recovery.

Our medical facilities and services are fully prepared, ready, and willing to treat the wounded.

Terrorist attacks call for all political parties to accept responsibility and take appropriate action that effectively promotes unity and stability so that all citizens can pursue peaceful lives as they strive to prosper.

Kurdistan Region Presidency

 

 

 

 

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 receives Commander of the Iraq Air Force

 Erbil, Kurdistan Region, January 13, 2021

President Nechirvan Barzani received General Shihab Jahid Zangana and congratulated him on his promotion to Commander of the Iraq Air Force and wished him success.

President Barzani reaffirmed the importance of the Iraqi military as a national force confronting terrorism to defend and safeguard the country. He offered his congratulations to the Iraq Army on the 100th anniversary of its foundation.

 

Prime Minister Barzani chairs meeting of Supreme Economic Council to discuss 2021 budget bill

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) – Prime Minister Masrour Barzani today presided over a meeting of the Kurdistan Region’s Supreme Economic Council to discuss ongoing efforts to present a comprehensive 2021 budget bill, as well as reforms.

The Prime Minister noted that the government is putting forward every effort to restructure its revenue system, reduce public expenses, reorganise government staff, and eliminate redundancies in the government’s payroll system. This process aims to ensure fairness in the system and compensation for hardworking employees.

Prime Minister Barzani emphasised the government remains committed to increasing its productivity and competitive edge by removing systemic barriers in its bureaucracy, adding that the 2021 budget bill should strive to improve the conditions for doing business while understanding the Kurdistan Region’s unique challenges. He underlined that the draft budget should be realistic and transparent, taking into consideration revenue figures from oil sales and other sources of income. It should address government spending, prospective deficits, and the current financial conditions of the Kurdistan Region.

Minister of Finance and Economy, Awat Sheikh Janab, and Minister of Planning, Dara Rashid, each presented detailed reports on current financial conditions in the Kurdistan Region, as well as details of the budget draft for the fiscal year of 2021. Head of the Department of Coordination and Follow-Up, Abdul-Hakim Khasro, reported on steps taken to implement previous decisions from the Supreme Economic Council. The Council of Ministers will review the draft and submit it to parliament for debate in the near future.

The Prime Minister also reiterated that the Kurdistan Region, having fulfilled its own constitutional obligations toward Baghdad, will continue to hold a dialogue with the Federal Government which has a constitutional duty to live up to its financial commitments toward the Kurdistan Region in the 2021 federal budget bill.

The Cabinet will meet tomorrow to discuss, among other things, details of the budget draft and the financial impacts of the current political climate in Iraq.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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