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PM Masrour Barzani meets with Iraqi President

Prime Minister Masrour Barzani today met with the Iraqi President, Abdul Latif Rashid.

They commended the newly signed deal on the resumption of Kurdistan's oil exports and the constructive role both sides have played to reach this agreement.

Discussions also focused on the significance of the federal budget law being passed by the Council of Ministers as well as the preparation of a draft for the oil and gas laws.

KRG Prime Minister signs oil export agreement with Baghdad

The Kurdistan Region's Prime Minister Masrour Barzani met with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani in Baghdad on Tuesday.

The two sides discussed pending issues between the Kurdistan Region and the Federal Government, while signing a deal on the resumption of the Kurdistan Region’s oil exports through Turkey’s Ceyhan port. This represents a temporary agreement until the federal budget and oil and gas laws are finalised. The deal was signed during a formal ceremony, followed by a joint press conference.

The KRG Prime Minister emphasized that the new deal should be implemented as soon as possible, creating a basis for renewed mutual trust.

The Iraqi Prime Minister described the deal as a first step towards resolving all other issues, adding “our interest is in implementing the constitution and protecting all Iraqi people’s interests.”

President Nechirvan Barzani and Prime Minister Al-Sudani discuss developments in Iraq

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, March 14, 2023

President Nechirvan Barzani received Iraq’s Prime Minister Mr. Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani and his accompanying delegation this evening.

The two leaders discussed the latest developments in the ongoing talks between Erbil and Baghdad, and exchanged views on the current situation in Iraq, highlighting the existing challenges facing the country.

President Nechirvan Barzani thanked Prime Minister Al-Sudani for completing the procedures for the provincialization of Halabja, and finalizing the Iraqi budget bill for the next three fiscal years to be voted on later in the parliament.

The President also voiced full support for Prime Minister Al-Sudani and the Iraqi Federal Government and called the accomplishments of the Prime Minister with regards to the government’s agenda positive and promising.

For his part, Prime Minister Al-Sudani praised the role of President Nechirvan Barzani in bringing the parties together, commended his relations with the political factions, parties and communities in Iraq, and valued his efforts and steps towards unity and consensus.

Mr. Al-Sudani stressed that the stability, security and progress of Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region, are intertwined, and considered the decision to grant governorate status to Halabja a small service compared to the crimes committed against the city.

The two sides also agreed on the importance of solidarity and unity among Iraqi forces and communities to maintain political stability in the country and to resolve the issues between Erbil and Baghdad on the basis of the constitution, stressing the importance of the private sector.

The meeting also discussed the relations between Iraq and the Kurdistan Region with the neighboring countries and the latest developments in the wider region.

After the meeting, President Nechirvan Barzani and Prime Minister Al-Sudani held a joint meeting with the leaders of political forces and parties and representatives of religious and ethnic communities in the Kurdistan Region, where they exchanged views on the current situation in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.

A statement from President Nechirvan Barzani on the decision of the Federal Supreme Court of Iraq

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, January 25, 2023

The decision of the Iraqi Federal Supreme Court, which was issued today and ruled that the payment of financial entitlements and salaries of Kurdistan Region employees by the Iraqi Federal Government in the years 2021 and 2022 is not valid, is a completely unfair and abusive decision. The ruling targets not only the public employees and the people of Kurdistan who are Iraqi citizens, but also the entire political process and stability and the agreement on which the new Iraqi Federal Government is founded.

Iraq went through a long and complicated political process of instability until a government was finally formed in Baghdad which the Iraqi people pinned their hope on for a stable and better future. Every expectation from the Iraqi Supreme Court was that by protecting the interests of all Iraqi communities and by taking into account the political situation, it would avoid distorting the existing opportunity and the current positive atmosphere to resolve the country’s problems, especially the problems between Erbil and Baghdad, and also avoid endangering the political stability of Iraq.

The decision of the Iraqi Supreme Federal Court at this time raises doubts and leaves many question marks. It also raises the issue of urgency in ratifying a new law to reconfigure the Court, which is an important and main part of the agreement among the political parties to form the new Iraqi federal government.

Nechirvan Barzani
The President of the Kurdistan Region

President Nechirvan Barzani receives Iraq’s national football team

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, January 24, 2023

President Nechirvan Barzani received the Iraqi national football team in Erbil this evening.

In a meeting attended by the Minister of Culture and Youth of the Kurdistan Regional Government, the Governors of Erbil and Basra, the President of the Iraqi Football Union and a number of officials, President Nechirvan Barzani once again congratulated the Iraqi football team on winning the Gulf Cup held in Basra last week.

The President welcomed the Iraqi national team to the Kurdistan Region and said that the victory of the Iraqi team in the Gulf Cup is a victory for the entire country and celebrated by everyone across Iraq; and on this occasion, people in all cities of the Kurdistan Region expressed their joy.

President Nechirvan Barzani also stressed that this victory was important for Iraq and Iraqis, because it brought together all Iraqis around the victory, and conveyed a message to the world that Iraq has returned and stood up. The President wished continued success for the Iraqi national team and thanked the Governor of Basra, the organizers, security forces and everyone who contributed to the success of the tournament.

For their part, the President of the Iraqi Football Union, the Governor of Basra, the head coaches, players and members of the national team thanked President Nechirvan Barzani for attending the last match of the tournament and also for his support of the Iraqi national football team, expressing their delight over visiting the Kurdistan Region and meeting with the President.

President Nechirvan Barzani meets with US Ambassador to Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq, January 21, 2023

President Nechirvan Barzani met today in Baghdad with the United States Ambassador to Iraq Ms. Alina Romanowski.

The meeting discussed Erbil-Baghdad relations and the latest developments in the talks between the Iraqi Federal Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government to resolve the outstanding issues between the two sides. In this context, both sides stressed the importance of resolving the issues for Iraq and the Kurdistan Region and agreed that the resolution of the disagreements will contribute to stability in Iraq and the wider region.

For her part, Ms. Romanowski reiterated the US support for the dialogues and the efforts to resolve the issues between Erbil and Baghdad and expressed her appreciation for President Nechirvan Barzani’s constructive role and efforts to resolve the pending issues.

Discussions also covered the developments in the Kurdistan Region and the importance of unity among Kurdistan parties. The reorganization and reforms of the Ministry of Peshmerga, the development of relations of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region with the United States and expanding areas of joint cooperation, and other issues of mutual interest were also highlighted.

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