PM Masrour Barzani meets with UNAMI chief

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) – Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Thursday met with UN Secretary General’s special representative to Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, to discuss the latest political developments in Iraq as government formation talks progress.

As the Parliament in Baghdad held its first session, both sides stressed the need for the new government to represent the interests of all citizens and prioritize the stability and security of the country, which includes a peaceful resolution to longstanding issues with Erbil.

PM Masrour Barzani meets with Swiss Ambassador to Iraq

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) – Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Wednesday met with the Swiss ambassador to Iraq and Jordan, Lukas Gasser.

Prime Minister Barzani highlighted the ninth cabinet’s efforts in Baghdad to assist with the formation of government, as well as progress with KRG’s reform agenda toward economic diversification.

He welcomed Switzerland sharing its expertise to help develop the Kurdistan Region.

Ambassador Gasser thanked KRG for its cooperation and support to the embassy, and expressed his country’s readiness to develop bilateral ties and encourage investments in the Kurdistan Region.


PM Masrour Barzani New Year Congratulatory Statement

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani issued the following statement today to express his best wishes on New Year’s Eve to the people of the Kurdistan Region.

In his statement, the Prime Minister said:

“As 2022 arrives I congratulate President Masoud Barzani, the people of Kurdistan, our brave Peshmerga and the families of our martyrs.

“I hope the new year brings peace and prosperity and sees an end to all crises and tragedies.

“Last year, despite facing many obstacles, the KRG made every effort to continue its reform process and face off challenges. In cooperation with the private sector we were able to establish many important projects that helped strengthen the infrastructure in the Kurdistan Region.

“We hope that with the help of everyone we will be able to do an even better job in the coming year. I must thank the people of the Kurdistan Region for their resilience, despite the financial crises.

“Sadly, in the past year, many natural disasters and unfortunate incidents happened, causing many to suffer losses. A number of brave Peshmerga were martyred in facing of Islamic State terrorists. On this occasion, I pay my respects to their memory and their sacrifice.

“Happy new year to everyone, and may Kurdistan continue to be stronger and more prosperous.”

Masrour Barzani
Prime Minister of Kurdistan Region

31 Dec 2021

President Nechirvan Barzani’s New Year’s message

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, December 31, 2021

On the occasion of the New Year, I extend my warmest wishes to all the people of Kurdistan, especially the proud families of our fallen heroes, our brave Peshmarga, the security forces, the young people and our fellow citizens outside of Kurdistan, to the people of Iraq and the world. I hope the new year will bring peace and prosperity, progress and stability, hope and welfare for everyone.

The people of the Kurdistan Region and the world endured two difficult years due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its ruinous implications. In the past year, we continued to confront terrorism, witnessed the heartbreaking stories of the migrants, saw the impacts of climate change and the destructions made by the flash floods. My heartfelt condolences go out to the proud families of the fallen heroes and all families who lost their loved ones. We remember and honor them. We offer our respect and appreciation to the people of the Kurdistan Region for their understanding, patience and resilience in the face of crises.

In order to overcome hardships and challenges, and to preserve the rights, the constitutional achievements and the federal status of the Kurdistan Region, we need to work together and take collective responsibility. It is only through common purpose, joint efforts and unity among all communities, factions and parties in the Kurdistan Region that we can secure a better future for our people.

In contributing to a peaceful and prosperous Iraq, together, with unity and common purpose, we can overcome difficulties and crises. It is necessary to turn a new page in Iraq, to draw on lessons learned and to build on past experiences, to truly understand the challenges and to have serious will to address the problems. Mutual respect and true partnership in the political process and governance are now needed more than ever to restore trust, peace and stability for all Iraqi communities.

We extend our gratitude to the international coalition and community, allies and partners who continued to support us in the fight against terrorism as our common values and principles continue to bring us closer together. We are committed to our collective duties and responsibilities as we remain an active member of the world community, a factor for peace and stability in Iraq and the wider region and a land of coexistence, tolerance and diversity.

With optimism, we look forward to the new year and a brighter future. Happy New Year to everyone. I wish you all a year full of joy and success.

Nechirvan Barzani
The President of the Kurdistan Region

United States will continue to support Iraq and Kurdistan Region

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, December 13, 2021

During his meeting with the Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani, the US National Security Council Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, Mr. Brett McGurk reiterated that the United States will continue to support Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, emphasizing that Iraq and the Kurdistan Region can place reliance on the US partnership to confront and eliminate ISIS. Mr. McGurk also expressed his condolences to the families of the fallen Peshmarga heroes who recently sacrificed their lives in the fight against ISIS.

At the meeting today in Erbil, President Nechirvan Barzani referred to the significance of the timing of Mr. McGurk’s visit to Iraq and the Kurdistan Region and affirmed that the United States’ continuing commitment and support to Iraq and the Kurdistan Region conveys an important message amid shifting US-led combat mission in the country.

At the meeting, also attended by the US Ambassador to Iraq and US Consul General in Erbil, the recent Iraqi elections and the results, the future of the political process in the country, multilateral talks among Iraqi factions and parties and ongoing efforts to build the new federal government in Baghdad were highlighted. Discussions also focused on the security, military and financial statuses in Iraq, ISIS attacks and movements, coordination and cooperation between the Peshmarga and the Iraqi army, Erbil-Baghdad relations, the Iraq-US strategic dialogue and ways to develop bilateral relations.

The President and Mr. McGurk agreed that ISIS remains a genuine danger which necessitates the continued support of the international coalition to Iraq to confront and defeat the terrorist group. They also deemed the partnership and coordination among Iraqi parties and factions necessary to be able to form an inclusive government which responds to the grievances of the Iraqi citizens and preserves peace and stability.

Other topics of discussions included the internal developments in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq’s relations with countries in the region and in the wider world, the regional developments, the situation in Syria and the Kurdish question in the country, and also other issues of mutual interest.

PM Masrour Barzani meets Russian Deputy Foreign Minister

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Wednesday met Mikhail Bogdanov, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Presidential Special Representative to the Middle East and Africa.

The Prime Minister expressed the Kurdistan Region’s will for stronger ties with Russia whilst they also talked about developments in Iraq, its relationship with Russia and also that between Erbil and Moscow.

The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister delivered greetings from his leadership and addressed the great role of President Masoud Barzani, whom he said Russia sees as the Kurdish national leader.

He also addressed the importance of the Kurdistan Region and its historic relations with Moscow.

Whilst discussing Syria, Prime Minister Barzani reiterated the importance of solving the issues facing Kurds in the country. This, he said, should be done in a way that represents all Kurdish parties in Syria.


Kurdistan Region President receives Italy’s Ambassador

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, November 28, 2021

President Nechirvan Barzani received Mr. Bruno Antonio, the outgoing Ambassador of Italy to Iraq, in Erbil on Sunday.

Ambassador Antonio thanked the President and the Kurdistan Region for their support during his term in office and expressed hope that relations between Italy and the Kurdistan Region strengthen further.

The Ambassador offered his condolences to the President for the fallen Peshmarga heroes who lost their lives battling ISIS terrorists in Kolju district on Saturday.

The President wished Mr. Antonio success in his new mission and thanked him for his efforts to promote and strengthen Italy’s relations with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, and appreciated Italy’s support to Kurdistan.

The President reiterated that Saturday’s attack in which a number of Peshmarga forces lost their lives proves that ISIS remains a real danger that necessitates cooperation and coordination among Iraqi army and Peshmarga forces, with support from international coalition, to confront and defeat the terrorist network.

Discussions also covered a range of other issues including developments in the Kurdistan Region and the wider region, efforts to bring about unity among parties in Kurdistan and their common stance in Baghdad.

PM Masrour Barzani meets Italian Ambassador to Iraq

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Sunday met Bruno Antonio, the outgoing Italian ambassador to Iraq.

The Premier thanked the ambassador for his work on developing ties between Italy, Iraq, and the Kurdistan Region and wished him luck for the future.

The ambassador thanked the KRG for its cooperation with the Italian embassy and expressed his country’s wish for stronger ties with the Kurdistan Region.

Disputes between Erbil and Baghdad, post-election Iraq and the migrant issue were also discussed.

Kurdistan Region President discusses developments in Iraq with UK Ambassador

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, November 28, 2021

President Nechirvan Barzani received Mr. Mark Bryson-Richardson, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Iraq, in Erbil on Sunday.

Discussions covered a wide range of issues including UK’s relations with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region in all areas and ways to strengthen ties. Terror threats and confronting ISIS, the importance of strengthening the cooperation and coordination mechanism between the Peshmarga and the Iraqi army, and the Erbil-Baghdad relations were also discussed.

On the recent row over the outcome of the parliamentary elections among Iraqi political factions, the President reiterated that the Kurdistan Region will, under no circumstances, be part of the problem, but it will strive to support proper solutions to the disputes, and will also continue to support the political process in the country.

The President and the Ambassador reaffirmed mutual willingness to expand bilateral relations and areas of cooperation, and affirmed that Iraqi factions should reach an agreement and form a government that is able to preserve political stability and respond to the demands of citizens for peace, stability, better livelihood and improved public services.

Discussions also focused on the steps taken in the Kurdistan Region Ministry of Peshmarga towards reform and unification of its forces with continued assistance from the UK to the reform process.

The latest developments in the wider region and other topics of mutual interest were also highlighted.

Iran has asked Kurds not to get involved in the Shiite-Sunni dispute in Iraq: envoy

The representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Tehran, said that Iran called on the Iraqi Kurds not to get involved in the disputes between Shiites and Sunnis in the country.

Referring to the recent visit of the Iran Qods Force Commander, Esmail Qaani's, to Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, Nazim Dabbagh said that the visit was to calm the situation in Iraq, especially after the protests against the results of the parliamentary elections and the assassination attempt against Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, adding that the role of Iran in Iraq is not a new issue, and Iran cares about the security and stability of Iraq as much as it cares about its security and stability.

The Kurdistan Regional Government representative in Tehran stressed that the assassination attempt on the Iraqi Prime Minister is against Iran's interests and that it is not in anyone's interest to see Iran and Iraq to assassinate the figures of the other side.

He stated that in his opinion, General Qaani stressed to various Iraqi parties and movements that they should accept the results of the Iraqi elections.

He also added that Qaani had previously made visits to the Kurdistan region during his travels to Iraq, which means that the Kurds are important for Iran in maintaining balance in Iraq and that Iran's message to the Kurds was that they should not get involved in conflicts between Shiite and Sunni movements.

Nazim Dabbagh went on to say that Qaani had told the Kurds that once the Shiite movements reached an agreement, they would be able to support the movements, which represents all Shiites.

The envoy stressed that the Kurds cannot stay against one front and stand by another, because for the Kurds Iran is not a country that can support the Kurdish region at all times, and on the other hand, the Kurds cannot fully trust the United States and other countries and they must maintain their neutrality in this situations.

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