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

 

 

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Erbil, Kurdistan Region (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani spoke by phone tonight with White House Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, Brett McGurk.

During the call, the MENA Coordinator reflected on his recent visit to Baghdad and the Kurdistan Region, where he met with a number of officials about the next steps to resolve Baghdad-Erbil issues on the budget and other issues. He also stressed the importance of Kurdish unity and improving relations between the KDP and the PUK.

The recent decision by the Iraqi Federal Supreme Court to deny the payment of the Kurdistan Region’s share of the budget for the last two months of 2022 was also discussed. PM expressed his disappointment with the Court’s ruling in light of the “positive atmosphere” and improving relations between Erbil and Baghdad. He described the ruling as “politically motivated” and an overreach of the Court’s authority. At the end of last year. Iraqi Prime Minister Sudani made the executive decision to send $260 million owed to the Kurdistan Regional Government.

The US envoy confirmed his country’s support for Peshmerga reforms, developments in the energy sector, infrastructure improvements. and combating climate change.

They both agreed on the need to remove all obstacles to the development of the energy sector, and greater U.S. investment in the Kurdistan region. They concluded the call by agreeing to stay in close contact.

 
26 Jan 2023
 
 
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President Nechirvan Barzani meets with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, January 26, 2023

President Nechirvan Barzani arrived in Ankara on Thursday to meet with Turkey’s President Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

During their meeting, bilateral relations of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region with Turkey, the political developments in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region following the inauguration of the new cabinet of the Iraqi Federal Government were discussed. The meeting also highlighted the Erbil-Baghdad relations and the ongoing negotiations to resolve the pending issues between the two sides.

Both sides stressed their mutual readiness to promote relations between the Kurdistan Region and Turkey in all areas, especially in trade and economic cooperation, and to utilize the existing opportunities to expand the joint partnership of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region with Turkey in the field of energy, which can actively contribute to filling the void and addressing the needs in the world today, especially in Europe in the field of natural gas and energy.

Discussions also focused on the importance of strengthening cooperation of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region with Turkey to protect border security, the latest developments in the fight against terrorism and the threat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the situation in the wider region and other issues of mutual interest.

 

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President Nechirvan Barzani welcomes the new Consul General of the United Kingdom

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, January 25, 2023

President Nechirvan Barzani received today in Erbil Ms. Rosy Cave, the new Consul General of the United Kingdom in the Kurdistan Region.

At the meeting, President Nechirvan Barzani welcomed the new Consul General to Kurdistan and congratulated her on assuming the office. The President wished Ms. Cave success and voiced full support for her mission in the country. The President also thanked the UK for their support to the Kurdistan Region in all fields.

From her side, Ms. Cave expressed her full support for further expanding the bilateral relations between the UK and the Kurdistan Region in all areas, and showed readiness to develop cooperation and coordination with all relevant parties of the Kurdistan Region.

Both sides emphasized their mutual willingness to expand the continued cooperation between the United Kingdom and the Kurdistan Region.

They also exchanged views about the latest developments in Iraq, the Kurdistan Region and the wider region.

 

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Prime Minister Barzani receives Germany's top official

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani received Tobias Lindener, Minister of State at the German Foreign Ministry on Thursday.

The German Minister briefed the delegation on the purpose of his visit to the Kurdistan Region, pointing to the strong ties between the Kurdistan Region and Germany and expressed his country's desire to develop relations with the Kurdistan Region in all fields. He also said that a high-level delegation of German investors, employers and businessmen is scheduled to visit the Kurdistan Region in the near future in order to promote bilateral relations.

The Prime Minister thanked Germany for its continuous support to the Kurdistan Region, especially in the fight against terrorism and within the framework of the international coalition against ISIS. He also appreciated for supporting the reforms of the ninth cabinet, especially in the field of digitalization of public services.

The main topic of the meeting was focused on the relationship between the Kurdistan Region and the federal government. In this regard, the Prime Minister reiterated the Kurdistan Region's desire to resolve the issues in a fundamental manner and on the basis of the constitution, and pointed out that the latest decision of the Federal Supreme Court to prevent the remittance of part of the financial entitlements is another unjust attempt by this court to undermine the new opportunity to resolve the issues and the positive atmosphere created during the last visit of the high-level government delegation to Baghdad.

Another topic of the meeting about the importance of implementing the Sinjar agreement, the withdrawal of militias and illegal armed forces, the normalization of the situation in the region and the return of refugees to their places.


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President Nechirvan Barzani meets with a high level delegation from Germany

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, January 25, 2023

President Nechirvan Barzani received Dr. Tobias Lindner, the Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, and a high level delegation accompanying him.

At the meeting, Dr. Lindner reiterated that Germany attaches great importance to its relations with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region and looks forward to developing its relations with Baghdad and Erbil in all areas, especially in commerce and trade. Minister Lindner also mentioned the recent visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Mr. Mohammed Shia’ al-Sudani to Germany.

The two sides also stressed the importance of political stability in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region for progress in all areas.

President Nechirvan Barzani expressed the Kurdistan Region’s gratitude to Germany for its assistance to Kurdistan and Iraq in the fight against terrorism and ISIS, as well as for recognizing the massacre of the Yezidis as genocide in the German Parliament. Both sides agreed that ISIS is still a real danger and poses a serious threat to the security of Iraq and the wider region, hence Iraq and the Kurdistan Region still need the continuing mission of the international coalition against ISIS.

The two sides also discussed the situation in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq’s relations with neighboring and regional countries and the region, and other issues of common interest.

 

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Prime Minister Barzani receives UK's new Consul-General in Erbil

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 a high level UN delegation

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, January 24, 2023

President Nechirvan Barzani received Ms. Rosemary A. DiCarlo, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and an accompanying delegation including Ms. Jeanine Plasschaert, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, along with several other UN officials.

The meeting discussed the situation in the Kurdistan Region and the ongoing efforts to reach an agreement on the elections. The Election Commission and the views of all communities on the general elections, Erbil-Baghdad relations, the fight against terrorism, and the status of the Yezidis were also discussed.

In the meeting, President Nechirvan Barzani praised the role of the United Nations in Iraq, both in working closely with the relevant parties in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq, and as an assistant to facilitate the solution of issues and to maintain stability and peace.

Regarding the situation in the Kurdistan Region, the President stressed that the ground is ready for political parties’ meetings, especially between the KDP and the PUK and their talks on the solution of the pending problems which would then pave the way for resolving the issues related to elections and the setting of a voting date.

The President said that Erbil-Baghdad relations and the recent positive atmosphere that has emerged for dialogue between the two sides and the efforts to resolve the issues between them, especially regarding the Iraqi budget law and oil and gas laws and the distribution of revenues, will contribute to further stability and peace in the country.

Both sides reiterated the significance of implementing the agreement on the formation of the Iraqi government and its agenda, as well as the need for continued coordination between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Federal Government of Iraq in the fight against ISIS, especially in the disputed territories of the Article 140. They also stressed the significance of implementing the agreement between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Iraqi Federal Government on the status of Shingal.

Iraq’s relations with neighboring and regional countries, and several other issues of common interest were also highlighted at the meeting.

PM Barzani discusses revenue diversification with former UK Prime Minister

Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Tuesday received former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair in Davos.
Recent developments in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq, and the region were addressed in the meeting.
Prime Minister Barzani briefed Blair on the reforms of the ninth cabinet, regarding economic diversification, digitalization of public services, and improving the health sector.
Furthermore, the exportation of Kurdish agricultural products to European markets was also highlighted in the meeting.

 
 

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