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Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government Receives High-Level British Delegation

 Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) – Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Tuesday met with a high-level British delegation to discuss recent political developments and bilateral relations between the Kurdistan Region and the United Kingdom.

The Prime Minister received James Cleverly, the Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa, James Heappy, the Minister for the British Armed Forces, and Stephen Hickey, British Ambassador to Iraq to discuss the strengthening of ties between the Kurdistan Region and the United Kingdom.

The British delegation conveyed the British people’s respect and appreciation for the role and bravery of the Peshmerga forces in combatting terrorism in the region to protect those here and abroad. The Prime Minister affirmed that stability in the Middle East is a matter of international security and reiterated the Kurdistan Region’s commitment to peace.

The delegation also expressed the United Kingdom’s readiness to strengthening bilateral ties and enhancing cooperation with the Kurdistan Region in all areas, including trade and investments.

The Prime Minister expressed his gratitude for the United Kingdom standing in solidarity with the Kurdistan Region and for its efforts in helping improve the relationship between the Kurdistan Region and the federal government of Iraq. The Prime Minister updated the delegation on ongoing challenges and noted that the Kurdistan Regional Government has fulfilled all of its obligations in the spirit of cooperation.

The Prime Minister affirmed the Kurdistan Regional Government remains committed to reaching a fair and comprehensive agreement with the federal government, within the framework of constitution. He also urged the federal government to carry out its duties and award the region its rights and financial entitlements.



Deputy Prime Minister Talabani addresses Kurdistan Economic Forum

 Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani on Tuesday delivered remarks at the Kurdistan Economic Forum, discussing the Kurdistan Region’s economic challenges and opportunities.

During the virtual roundtable discussion, Deputy Prime Minister Talabani highlighted the importance of taking coordinated global action to overcome economic challenges caused in part by the global pandemic. He also noted the Kurdistan Regional Government remains committed to implementing its reform agenda to strengthen and diversify the Kurdistan Region’s economic infrastructure as it lessens its reliance on oil exports. He underscored that these steps will continue to unlock the Kurdistan Region’s potential as a regional hub for trade and commerce.

The Deputy Prime Minister also reaffirmed the government’s ongoing support to the private sector, notably in adapting to an evolving workforce and growing opportunities in the agricultural sector. He added that the Kurdistan Regional Government aims for the Kurdistan Region to achieve food security by becoming self-sufficient, as well as capable of satisfying broader regional needs, such as wheat production for Iraq. He also announced that a local sugar-producing factory will begin construction in the near future.

Recognising the importance of ongoing reforms, the Deputy Prime Minister explained how the biometric system will allow for the streamlining and restructuring of the public sector, which will create greater accountability toward the citizens of the Kurdistan Region, adding that the system has so far identified 16,500 cases of misappropriated salaries.

The Deputy Prime Minister also provided an update on efforts to digitise public services, which will help reduce bureaucratic barriers and address irregularities, as well as announced that new regulations are underway to facilitate the registration process for private businesses in the Kurdistan Region.

Before the end of the discussion, the Deputy Prime Minister emphasised that securing a fair and constitutional resolution to outstanding problems with the federal government of Iraq remains a top priority and critical for the stability of the country. He reiterated that the Kurdistan Regional Government is prepared to negotiate a comprehensive power and revenue-sharing agreement on borders and oil and gas exports, having already agreed to an audit of its revenues from the past six years.



Turkey’s Foreign Minister offers condolences to Kurdistan Region President on the passing of Erbil Governor

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region, November 19, 2020

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani received a phone call from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, on Thursday evening.

Mr. Çavuşoğlu offered his condolences to President Nechirvan Barzani on the passing of the Governor of Erbil, Dr. Firsat Sofi. He also extended his deep condolences to Dr. Sofi’s family and relatives and expressed his sympathy for them.
President Nechirvan Barzani thanked Turkey’s Foreign Minister for the phone call and his condolences.

  • https://presidency.gov.krd/en/turkeys-foreign-minister-offers-condolences-to-kurdistan-region-president-on-the-passing-of-erbil-governor/ 





Prime Minister Masrour Barzani meets with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte

 Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani today met with Prime Minister of The Netherlands in Hague, Mark Rutte, to discuss bilateral relations.

As the first stop on his European tour, Prime Minister Barzani visited his counterpart in The Hague and spoke of the importance of further developing trade relations between the two nations.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Kurdistan Regional Goverment’s Minister of Planning, Dara Rashid, and the chairman of the Board of Investment of the Kurdistan Region, Mohammed Shukri.

Prime Minister Barzani updated Prime Minister Rutte on the Kurdistan Regional Government’s progress implementing sweeping reforms to strengthen the Kurdistan Region’s economic infrastructure, and welcomed the Netherlands’ expertise on the matter, notably in how to sustainably develop its agricultural sector in a challenging environment.

The Prime Minister also highlighted the importance of peace and stability in Iraq, stressing the need for a fair and constitutional resolution to ongoing disputes with the federal government to address grievances of minorities in the country.

Prime Minister Rutte expressed his country’s readiness to support the Kurdistan Region in its efforts to grow and diversify its economy and that the Netherlands continues to lend its support through the global coalition to the Peshmerga forces in the fight against terror in the region.



Prime Minister Masrour Barzani to visit Europe

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRG) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Monday headed to Europe to meet with senior European officials to discuss the benefits of increased trade with the Kurdistan Region and to strengthen diplomatic ties.

The Prime Minister will lead a government delegation visiting several European countries as part of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s roadmap to diversify its economy and attract foreign investment.

Prime Minister Barzani will meet with European officials and business leaders to explore opportunities and discuss trade issues of mutual interest.

09 Nov 2020





Kurdistan Region President condemns the terrorist attack in Al-Radwaniyah

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region, November 9, 2020

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani issued a statement strongly condemning the terror attack in Al-Radwaniyah, west of Baghdad, on Sunday night, in which several people lost their lives. Below is the statement:

I strongly condemn the terrorist assault late last night on a base hosting Iraq’s security forces in Al-Radwaniyah, in which unfortunately several members of the security forces and a number of civilians lost their lives. I share the grief of the victims’ families and wish the wounded a speedy recovery.

These attacks demonstrate that terrorism continues to pose threats to our lives, peace and stability. Therefore, it is imperative that all of us stand united, cooperate, coordinate, and confront it together.

Nechirvan Barzani
Kurdistan Region President




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