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Kurdistan Region President meets with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, UAE, June 12, 2021

The President of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani met with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Depu Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on Saturday.

At the meeting, attended by Iraq’s Ambassador to Abu Dhabi, Iraq and the Kurdistan Region’s relations with the UAE, the political process in Iraq, the upcoming elections, the threats of terrorism and the dangers of ISIS resurgence were highlighted. The latest developments concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, regional developments, the importance of partnership and coordination among all sides to preserve peace and stability in the region and other issues of mutual interest were discussed.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan reiterated his country’s support to the Kurdistan Region and Iraq, and expressed UAE’s readiness to develop bilateral relations with the Kurdistan Region.

The President congratulated the UAE after its election to the United Nations Security Council for the period 2022-2023, which demonstrates the international community’s faith in the UAE as a global partner for development and cooperation on the world stage.

The President expressed gratitude to the UAE for its humanitarian support to the Kurdistan Region, especially the recent initiative by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint al-Mubarak securing thousands of Covid-19 vaccines for the displaced and refugees hosted in the Kurdistan Region. The President also offered his appreciation for the UAE Red Crescent and the UAE Consul General in the Kurdistan Region. The President reaffirmed that the Kurdistan Region is willing to assist all UAE investment and business projects in Kurdistan.

The President and the Crown Prince further agreed that cooperation and partnership among the regional countries, including Iraq, the Kurdistan Region and the UAE, is important to safeguard peace and stability in the region and to confront terrorism.

 

 

 

 

 

President Nechirvan Barzani arrives in Abu Dhabi

 Abu Dhabi, UAE, June 11, 2021

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani arrived in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on Friday on the formal invitation of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the UAE.

The President was received during a ceremony at the Abu Dhabi airport by the Minister of State, Mr. Ali al- Sayegh, who was accompanied by Iraq’s Ambassador to Abu Dhabi and the Consul General of the UAE in Erbil.

The President is scheduled to hold a meeting with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Saturday.

The meeting is expected to focus on strengthening of relations between the Kurdistan Region and the United Arab Emirates and ways to expand areas of mutual cooperation between Iraq-the Kurdistan Region and the UAE. Discussions will also cover the latest developments in the wider region.

 

Kurdistan Region President’s message on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr

 Erbil, Kurdistan Region, May 12, 2021

The President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, issued a congratulatory statement on Wednesday as Muslims around the world prepare to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The following is the message:

On the occasion of the Eid- al Fitr, I extend my warmest congratulations to the families of our fallen heroes and all Muslims in Kurdistan, Iraq and around the world. I hope this celebration will bring peace and prosperity to everyone, and I hope that our future celebrations are held in better conditions without pandemics, hardships and crises.

As we begin to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr, let us use this occasion to further consolidate peace, tolerance and reconciliation among ourselves and with our fellow citizens. Let us open a new chapter of partnership and mutual respect to serve our people and our country towards a better future for all in which peace, stability, human rights and freedoms, law and justice are better protected.

Let us use this occasion as an opportunity to end enmities among us and start working together towards resolving the differences among all our parties and communities.

Happy Eid al-Fitr. I wish everyone good health.

Nechirvan Barzani
The President of the Kurdistan Region

 https://presidency.gov.krd/en/congratulations-to-the-president-of-the-kurdistan-region-on-the-occasion-of-the-blessed-eid-al-fitr/

 

Kurds should not forget Iran's support in fighting against ISIS: representative

 Representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Tehran Nazim Dabagh said on Monday, January 25, that the Kurds should not forget the aid provided by Iran during the war against Islamic State (ISIS), arguing that ISIS would have occupied Baghdad if it were not for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani.

Dabagh told NRT in an interview that when the Peshmerga and advisors from the IRGC arrived in the Hamrin Mountains, Soleimani said to the Peshmerga “here is Hamrin Mountain; this is your border, defend it for Mam Jalal,” referring to the late Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leader Jalal Talabani.
Earlier this week, the Masir media agency in Iran released a short film featuring a dramatized version of Soleimani’s cooperation with the Kurdistan Region during the ISIS war, which provoked intense criticism from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) for its depiction of party leader Masoud Barzani.
Dabagh, who is a member of the PUK, said that the KDP has the strongest ties with Iran of all of the political parties in the Kurdistan Region, but added that the film concerned the KRG and noted that the depiction of Barzani had been condemned by some Iranian officials.
“The Iranian government has promised us to follow up about the release of the film and that the release of the film about Masoud Barzani has not been done by an official organ of the Iranian government,” he said.
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https://kurdpress.com/en/news/392/Kurds-should-not-forget-Iran's-support-in-fighting-against-ISIS:-representative/

 

Kurdistan Region President receives UK Ambassador to Iraq

 Erbil, Kurdistan Region, April 21, 2021

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani received United Kingdom’s Ambassador to Iraq, Mr. Stephen Hickey, and his accompanying delegation, in Erbil on Wednesday.

Discussions included ISIS resurgence and its threats against stability and peace in the country. President Nechirvan Barzani commended the important role of the International Coalition in supporting Iraq and the Kurdistan Region against terrorism, the complete elimination of ISIS networks, and the need for coordination and cooperation between Erbil and Baghdad with the coalition partners.

The President underlined the importance of a common vision for all parties in Iraq to improve the living conditions of fellow citizens following past years economic downfalls and hardships.

The UK delegation expressed concerns over the attacks that targeted the Kurdistan Region recently, especially the city of Erbil, and strongly condemned the attacks which undermine peace and stability in Iraq.

Other topics of discussions included the relations of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region with the United Kingdom, the President’s recent visit to Baghdad and Erbil-Baghdad relations. The meeting valued the ratification of the Iraqi Budget Law and the agreement on the issue of the Federal Court.

Discussions also covered the efforts of the Kurdistan Region Presidency to bring the political parties together, the upcoming Iraqi elections, the role of the international community in solving the problems of Iraq, strengthening state institutions and benefiting from international support, the economic situation of Iraq, the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and the status of the displaced people and refugees hosted in camps in Kurdistan Region.

 

President Nechirvan Barzani reaffirms the need for a common vision for the future of Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq, April 12, 2021

On the third and last day of his visit to Baghdad, Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani held separate meetings with the leaders of the Iraqi political parties and groups, including Mr. Salim al-Jubouri, Head of the Civil Assembly for Reform, Mr. Adel Abdul-Mahdi, former Prime Minister, Mr. Hammam Hammoudi, Head of the Islamic Supreme Council, Mr. Iyad Allawi, Secretary General of the National Accord Party, and Khamis al-Khanjar, Head of the al-Azm Alliance.

During these meetings, discussions focused on the latest political and security developments in the country, the upcoming Iraqi elections, the Kurdistan Region’s relations with the Iraqi Federal Government, dialogue to solve the problems of Erbil-Baghdad, the dangers of ISIS and Iraq’s relations with the countries of the region and the world.

President Nechirvan Barzani stressed in the meetings that his vision for the resolution of the issues in Iraq, requires the need for political parties and communities in the country to reach a common vision and understanding for the future of Iraq that includes stability, coexistence, and mutual respect. In order to achieve this objective, everyone must learn from the mistakes and experiences of the past. The President referred to Baghdad as the strategic partner of the Kurdistan Region to solve the outstanding problems.

The President reaffirmed that eighteen years have passed since the fall of the former Iraqi regime and the building of the new Iraq, the transitional phase, must come to an end and a new phase be launched in the country in which the human and natural wealth of Iraq be utilized for further reconstruction of the country, to provide enhanced services to all Iraqi’s throughout the country and to restore Iraq and its position at the regional and global levels.

In this context, Iraq’s leaders shared President Nechirvan Barzani’s opinion to work with a common vision for a better future for Iraq, and agreed that with the existing political will and a common understanding, obstacles can be removed before the political process, as shown in the case of the passage of the Iraqi Budget Bill, the amendment of the Federal Supreme Court Law and the laws concerning dissolution of the parliament.

The Iraqi groups and parties viewed President Nechirvan Barzani’s visit to Baghdad as an opportunity to resume the contact among political groups and their joint work to move the country towards a better position that would ensure stability, reconstruction, progress and partnership with all sides in the political process and management of the country on the basis of citizenship and common interests. Iraq’s leaders expressed hope that the visit yields genuine results and that such visits and meetings continue to unify common positions and build a basis for mutual understanding.

 

 

 

 

 

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