PM Masrour Barzani meets with Ruler of Ras al-Khaimah

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Saturday met with H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr al-Qasimi, the Ruler of Ras al-Khaimah.

In the meeting, opportunities for cooperation between the Kurdistan Region and the Emirate of Ras al-Khaimah, particularly in trade, tourism and investment, were discussed. Both sides agreed to continue cooperation in matters of mutual concern.

Prime Minister Barzani arrived in the UAE on Friday to participate in the Global Energy Forum in Dubai on 28th and 29th March. He will also attend the World Government Summit on 29th and 30th March.


PM Masrour Barzani meets with Emirati counterpart

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Sunday met with H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, and Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.

In the meeting, attended by multiple Emirati officials, the latest developments in Iraq and the wider region were discussed, alongside the elevation of ties between the Kurdistan Region and the UAE in all fields.


President Nechirvan Barzani meets with Qatar’s Minister of Foreign Affairs

Antalya, Turkey, March 11, 2022

President Nechirvan Barzani attended the inauguration ceremony of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum today in Turkey. The President is participating in the three-day forum along with other world leaders and prominent diplomats to discuss regional and global issues.

Turkey’s President, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, and United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres delivered speeches at the forum inauguration.

The speeches highlighted the current global challenges, the Russian-Ukrainian war, the humanitarian issues in Ukraine, the diplomatic efforts to end the conflict, the importance of preserving peace and stability and the Vienna talks.

On the sidelines of the forum today, President Nechirvan Barzani met with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Mr. Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.

The meeting focused on the latest developments in Ukraine and the impact of the ongoing conflict, Qatar’s relations with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, as well as the situation in Afghanistan and the wider region.

PM Masrour Barzani meets with Qatari Emir

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Wednesday met with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, in Doha.

Both sides discussed the latest developments in Iraq, particularly efforts to form Iraq’s new government.

They also addressed the relationship between Iraq, the Kurdistan Region, and Qatar, and emphasized strengthening ties between Erbil and Doha, particularly in economy, trade, and investment.


President Nechirvan Barzani meets with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey

Ankara, Turkey, February 2, 2022

President Nechirvan Barzani arrived in Ankara today and met with Turkey’s President, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The meeting focused on bilateral relations of Turkey with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, reaffirming the mutual willingness to further strengthen the important commercial and economic ties between the two sides.





Discussions also highlighted other areas of joint partnership, the political status in Iraq and the latest regional developments

President Nechirvan Barzani receives Ambassador of Switzerland

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, January 20, 2022

President Nechirvan Barzani received today the Ambassador of Switzerland to Iraq and Jordan, Mr. Lukas Gasser, and his accompanying delegation in Erbil.

Discussions focused on Switzerland’s bilateral relations with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region and the importance of reopening the Swiss Embassy in Baghdad.

The political process and the situation in the country were highlighted and both sides agreed that religious and ethnic diversities in Iraq are the strengths of the country. It was underlined that all Iraqi factions and parties need to come together for the best interests of the country and reach a common understanding about the political process in Iraq. They also discussed the formation of the new Iraqi government which needs to bring all communities and parties closer together, strengthen the political stability, safeguard the Iraqi interests and be able to face the current challenges.

President Nechirvan Barzani reaffirmed the importance of stability in Iraq, and the collective efforts to resolve the pending disputes, especially Erbil-Baghdad differences which require political will and decision-making. The President underscored the significance of the constitution and the federal system in the country and said that Iraq continues to need international community’s support to confront challenges ahead.

Other topics of discussion included the regional developments, the bilateral relations of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region with the neighboring countries and other issues of mutual interest.

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

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