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Sunday, 16 February 2020 14:21

 Munich, Germany (GOV.KRD) – Prime Minister Masrour Barzani today met with Germany’s Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, Niels Annen, during the Munich Security Conference.

Discussing the latest developments in Iraq and the region, both sides agreed to further strengthen bilateral ties between the Kurdistan Region and Germany.

Prime Minister Barzani acknowledged Germany's role as part of the Global Coalition against ISIS, and stressed the importance of continued German support for the Peshmerga and Iraqi security forces, as they tackle the growing terrorist threat.

Minister Annen recognised the stability and prosperity in the Kurdistan Region, calling it a role model of governance in Iraq and the region.

 

https://gov.krd/english/government/the-prime-minister/activities/posts/2020/february/prime-minister-masrour-barzani-meets-germanys-minister-of-state/

Sunday, 16 February 2020 14:20

 Munich, Germany (GOV.KRD) – Prime Minister Masrour Barzani met with the Foreign Minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, at the Munich Security Conference today.

During the meeting, they discussed the latest developments in Iraq and the wider region. They agreed that they have an obligation of maintaining good neighbourly relations and mutual respect. They also have a common recognition of regional security challenges.

Prime Minister Barzani and Minister Zarif reiterated their support to de-escalate tensions in Iraq and further contribute towards stability in the region.

 

https://gov.krd/english/government/the-prime-minister/activities/posts/2020/february/prime-minister-masrour-barzani-meets-the-foreign-minister-of-iran-in-munich/

 

Sunday, 16 February 2020 17:48

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani has arrived today in Rome for a two-day visit to the Italian capital and Vatican City.

Prime Minister Barzani is leading a KRG delegation including Dana Abdulkareem Hamasalih, Minister of Housing and Reconstruction; Ano Jawhar Abdulmaseeh Abdoka, Minister of Transport and Communications; Pshtiwan Sadq Abdullah, Minister of Endowment & Religious Affairs; and Khalid Salam Saeed, Minister of State.

In Rome, Prime Minister Barzani will hold bilateral meetings with senior members of the Italian government, including Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, to discuss ongoing bilateral cooperation in the fight against global terrorism. They will also consider ways of encouraging Italian companies to seize the business opportunities available in Kurdistan by investing in the region.

At the Vatican, Prime Minister Barzani will meet His Holiness Pope Francis and Secretary of State Pietro Parolin to discuss the Kurdistan Region's commitment to countering religious persecution and promoting interreligious dialogue.

Ahead of his visit, Prime Minister Barzani said: "I am delighted to be meeting His Holiness the Pope to discuss the importance of religious coexistence, which can be a valuable antidote to extremism. I am proud that the KRG has made such a major contribution through our long-standing efforts to promote interreligious dialogue, while creating a haven of tolerance in the Kurdistan Region for people of all faiths."

 

 

 

 

Friday, 03 January 2020 17:27

The recent events in Kirkuk and Qaeim and at the US Embassy in Baghdad indicate there is a further exacerbation of the situation in Iraq, which has created a cycle of action and counteraction. Therefore, we reject all steps by other countries to settle scores on Iraqi soil and violate Iraqi sovereignty. As a result of these events, General Qasim Solaimani, the commander of the Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, Deputy Leader of the Popular Mobilization Force, and their comrades lost their lives while both of them played a prominent role in the fight against ISIS terrorists in the past few years.

 

Iraq must not become a battleground for other countries to settle their disputes. We urge them to solve their problems through dialogue and to respect Iraq and its sovereignty. The continuation of these complications, actions and reactions, will push Iraq and the region towards an abyss and an uncertain future; it will also lead to the resurgence and strengthening of extremist and terrorist groups, such as ISIS.

 

In these complex, sensitive and dangerous circumstances, we urge all concerned parties to exercise maximum self-restraint and prevent any further dangerous escalation.

Tuesday, 06 August 2019 07:22

Mansour Jahani - The "Climate of Wonder" photo exhibition by Mohammad Sayyad opened at the Nabashi Gallery in Tehran attended by the representative of the Iraqi Kurdistan Government in Iran Salam Aref Roshdi.

Mohammad Sayyad, a senior Iranian photographer, has been active in this field for nearly 50 years and is one of the leading news photographers in Iran.

The exhibition comprised 100 photos which depicts the horrific and devastating catastrophe of Halabja's chemical bombardment, the unwanted fleeing of the Iraqi Kurdish people.

Sayyad also has tried to illustrate the pains of the Kurdish nation at that critical juncture.

Representing the Iraqi Kurdistan government in Tehran also congratulated Sayyad and expressed hope that in the near future these photos would be published and distributed to everyone in Kurdistan and around the world.

Monday, 05 August 2019 10:10

ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani received on Monday the new Iranian Consul General to Erbil.

Barzani and Nasrollah Rashnoudi reviewed the bilateral ties during a meeting and discussed the possibilities to foster Erbil-Tehran relations, especially in the areas of trade and economy.

The new Iranian consul general congratulated PM Barzani on the formation of the new cabinet of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

In return, PM Barzani wished Rashnoudi success in his new position, according to the Kurdish readout of the meeting.

 

 

 

Tuesday, 16 July 2019 03:27

President Barham Salih greeted the Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Masrour Barzani, and the accompanying delegation, at the Presidential Office in Baghdad on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

The President highlighted the importance of coordinating shared visions and adopting the language of constructive dialogue to resolve all lingering issues between the Federal government and the KRG in accordance with the Constitution and national interest and to achieve justice. 
President Salih expressed confidence in achieving consensus among political parties to elevate the level of relations and overcome obstacles to delivering services to the Iraqi people.
For his part, Mr. Barzani expressed his government's desire to intensify dialogues and recourse to the Constitution thus to ensure the realization of common interests and the enhancement of brotherly relations. 
The meeting also discussed the political developments at the regional and international levels.

 

 

 

https://presidency.iq/EN/Details.aspx?id=1487

 

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 09:13

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - The Kurdistan Parliament has confirmed Mr Masrour Barzani's appointment as Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), together with the ministerial cabinet.

Following his inauguration, Prime Minister Barzani vowed to make Kurdistan stronger, improve ties with Baghdad and diversify the region's economy.

The Prime Minister said: "After working since September 2018 to put together a truly inclusive government, my commitment now is to work together with every party and every part of our nation to build a strong KRG that serves the people, not the other way around. We cannot succeed in building a strong government if we allow petty divisions and small disagreements to drive us apart."

The Prime Minister called for further progress in developing a stable and constructive partnership with Iraq's federal government.

"Erbil and Baghdad both want security and prosperity, built on a foundation of mutual respect and cooperation," he said. "This will include securing our rightful share of government revenue, by settling once and for all the division of revenue formula that determines the annual budget allocation for Kurdistan."

Concerning Kurdistan's economy, Prime Minister Barzani highlighted the region's over-reliance on oil and gas, and promised to overhaul the public sector.

"We must ensure our government serves the people of Kurdistan in a fully transparent and accountable manner," he said. "This will include securing the public finances to pay down our debts, introducing regulatory reforms that allow businesses to thrive, attracting more foreign investment and enabling the development of new infrastructure."

The Prime Minister called on the international community to support Kurdistan's new government and its reform programme, while helping to protect the region's status as a haven for persecuted and displaced people.

"Today, around 1.25 million internally displaced people from elsewhere in Iraq live in Kurdistan, alongside almost 275,000 refugees from neighbouring countries,” he commented. "We hope our friends and allies will continue offering their support to Kurdistan, as we remain a haven of tolerance in an uncertain part of the world."
For more information about the KRG's new cabinet, visit https://gov.krd/government/the-cabinet/.

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