Germany offers humanitarian assistance to areas liberated from ISIS

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Ambassador Ekkehard Brose, German Special Envoy for Crisis Prevention and Stabilization, and his accompanying delegation.

Ambassador Brose discussed the humanitarian assistance programme which the German government intends to offer directly to areas liberated from ISIS, including those to be liberated in the future.

The programme aims at encouraging and assisting the displaced population to return home.

Kurdistan Region is accommodating and assisting close to 1.8 million displaced people, who fled ISIS terrorists.

The two sides discussed the anticipated liberation of the city of Mosul. Ambassador Brose also offered humanitarian assistance for civilians expected to flee to Kurdistan from Mosul during its liberation.

Ambassador Brose noted Germany’s cooperation and coordination with the Iraqi Federal Government and that his government seeks similar cooperation and coordination with the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Prime Minister Barzani expressed Kurdistan Region’s gratitude for German support and welcomed its plan to offer direct humanitarian assistance.

He expressed his government’s readiness to provide assistance to German-supported humanitarian efforts, particularly in severely damaged areas, liberated from ISIS that are now under Peshmerga security control.


Minister Mustafa invites Nadia Murad to meet KRG leadership

Minister Falah Mustafa on Friday met with Nadia Murad, the Ezidi-Kurdish young woman who was enslaved by ISIS and who was this month appointed UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. Minister Mustafa warmly welcomed Ms Murad who was accompanied by Murad Ismael, director of Yazda, a US-based Yezidi charity, and other members of the organization.

Minister Mustafa congratulated her on her appointment as Goodwill Ambassador. He said that her courage was exemplary and that she was the symbol of both Ezidi suffering and resilience and that at an international level, she had come to symbolize the Ezidi genocide. He stated that the Prime Minister and the entire Kurdistan Regional Government support her and are advocating for the genocide committed by ISIS against the Ezidis, Christians and others to be taken to the International Criminal Court. He reiterated that working together; the KRG, Ms Murad and Yazda could achieve more.

Minister Mustafa invited Ms Murad to meet the leadership in Kurdistan and to visit the camps and talk to others who have suffered as they will be inspired by her example. The Minister outlined the steps the KRG has taken to garner international attention and support to the victims of genocide and for the reconstruction of Sinjar, the home of the Ezidis. He said that the KRG wants the Ezidis to stay in Kurdistan and not to leave for Europe and elsewhere since many consider the Ezidis to be the original Kurds.

Ms Murad expressed her delight to have received a letter from Prime Minister Barzani congratulating her on the ambassadorship and to have seen the KRG Representative to the United States was able to attend the ceremony. She spoke of the plight of displaced and traumatized Ezidis who are sheltered in Kurdistan or trying to seek refuge in Europe and expressed her fear that there is a new generation of lost Ezidis.

Mr Ismaeel of Yazda outlined the work Yazda is doing with international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and Ms Murad to take the genocide case to the ICC. He also spoke of Yazda’s work in the camps in Kurdistan where the charity provides help to displaced Ezidis.


Prime Minister Barzani and German Defence Minister discuss liberation of Mosul

Erbil, Kurdistan region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, received German Defence Minister, Ursula von der Leyen and her accompanying diplomatic and military delegation.

Minister von der Leyen expressed her satisfaction with the understanding recently reached between Erbil and Baghdad, particularly regarding the anticipated military operation to liberate the City of Mosul and other areas from ISIS. She reaffirmed the support of the Coalition forces to this understanding, hoping that both the Iraqi Federal and Kurdistan Regional governments would develop cooperation in many other areas.

Regarding bilateral relations, she stressed that her country will continue its support to the Kurdistan Region, particularly providing humanitarian aid to internally displaced persons and refugees who fled ISIS terrorists and took refuge in the Kurdistan Region.

It is expected that additional close to half a million people take refuge in Kurdistan with the start of Mosul military operations.

Minister von der Leyen said that Germany and the international community will exert great efforts to provide further humanitarian aid to the displaced persons.

Prime Minister Barzani expressed his government’s gratitude for the German military support to the Peshmerga Forces for the past two years. He described Germany as an important part of the international coalition in the war against ISIS, commending Minister von der Leyen’s role in Germany’s effective support to the Kurdistan Region.

Regarding the relations between Erbil and Baghdad, Prime Minister Barzani noted that some steps were taken towards developing a political, economic and military cooperation, which in the past weeks led to a good understanding between the two sides.

On the expected liberation of Mosul, Prime Minister Barzani said that, with the support of the coalition forces, a good joint military plan has been set, while stressing the need to plan post-liberation Mosul.


Prime Minister Barzani and UK Defence Secretary discuss liberation of Mosul

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and his accompanying diplomatic and military delegation.

In anticipation of military operations to liberate Mosul City from ISIS, the talks focused on the effective role the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga could play in cooperation with Iraqi and coalition forces. The talks also focused on post-liberation Mosul and protection of all ethnic and religious groups.

Noting the close cooperation between the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs and the UK Ministry of Defence, Secretary Fallon reaffirmed that the UK Government will continue military training programmes for the Peshmerga forces.

Prime Minister Barzani expressed his government’s gratitude for British government support and wished it would play a significant role in the preparation of plans for post-liberation Mosul.

Prime Minister Barzani also discussed his recent visit to Baghdad where he held talks with top Iraqi officials, focusing on the liberation of Mosul including the large number of internally displaced persons who are anticipated to take refuge in the Kurdistan Region due to military operations.


Kurdistan Region and India discuss developing bilateral relations

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, received the new Indian Consul General to Erbil, Mr. Deepak Miglani and his accompanying delegation.

Consul General Miglani said he was pleased to have the opportunity to work in the Kurdistan Region, expressing his government’s solidarity with the Kurdistan Region in the fight against Islamic State terrorist organisation, ISIS.

He expressed his country’s desire to develop solid relations with the Kurdistan Region in various areas.

Prime Minister Barzani congratulated Consul General Miglani on his new post, assuring him of his government’s full support during his mission in the Kurdistan Region.

He hoped that the Indian Consulate General will play an active role in developing solid relations between India and the Kurdistan Region in all fields, particularly in the field of encouraging Indian investment in Kurdistan.

The two sides also discussed the latest regional developments and the war against ISIS terrorists.


Prime Minister Barzani meets with the new U.S. Ambassador to Iraq

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) - Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with Silliman Dogulas, the new United States ambassador to Iraq.

The war against the so-called Islamic State terrorist organization, Mosul liberation, and bilateral ties topped the agenda of the meeting on Monday.

Prime Minister Barzani expressed his appreciation to the American people, administration and Congress for their continuous support to the Kurdistan Region in the fight against terror.  Mr. Barzani also stressed the need for more planning and coordination among involved parties, including Erbil, Iraqi federal government and the coalition forces, for post-ISIS Mosul.

The Kurdistan Region Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, Interior Minister Karim Sinjari, Government Spokesperson Safeen Dizayee and the Head of Department of Foreign Relations Falah Mustafa participated in the meeting.

Ambassador Silliman, in his first official visit to Erbil as the top U.S. envoy to Iraq, affirmed that the international coalition continues its support to the Kurdistan Region and Iraq in the fight against ISIS.

The U.S. Consul General in Erbil Ken Gross and other American diplomats took part the meeting.

Mr. Silliman has served as U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Iraq and Turkey.


Prime Minister Barzani sends letter to Mr. Ban Ki Moon about Ms. Murad

Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani sent a letter to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, on the occasion of the appointment of Nadia Murad, the young Yezidi woman who has survived  ISIS slavery, as a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador . Below is the text of the message:
Dear Secretary General,

I write to thank you and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for appointing Ms Nadia Murad Basee Taha UN Goodwill Ambassador and for the kind invitation to attend her appointment ceremony on September 16th.

Regrettably, due to the pressing security and economic situation we face in the Kurdistan Region in Iraq, I am unable to participate in this ceremony but my government will be represented at the event by other KRG officials.

I would like to express our pride in Ms Nadia Murad, in her courage, her dignity and inspiring ability to speak up for all the victims of genocide committed by ISIS, especially the women and girls enslaved by the terrorist group.

As you know, the Yezidis, along with Christians, Shabaks, Kakaiis, Sabean-Mandeans, as well as other Kurds and Arabs, have been targeted by ISIS whose methods of beheading, rape, sexual enslavement and mass murder, have been rightly labelled genocide. The Yezidis in particular have suffered unspeakable crimes and injustices at the hands of ISIS and deserve the attention and support of the entire world. Currently, about 420,000 Yezidis are displaced and living in the Kurdistan Region with inadequate shelter, healthcare and education services as our own resources at the Kurdistan Regional Government remain stretched due to the large influx of displaced people while we fight a costly war against ISIS. We believe that about 3,200 Yezidis remain in ISIS captivity and that women and girls are traded in slave markets and trafficked across borders. All of humanity must come together to rescue those still enslaved and bring an end to human trafficking.

We appreciate the symbolism of appointing Ms Nadia Murad as Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking and are confident that this young Yezidi woman, who has suffered more than one can imagine and has wisdom beyond her years, will carry out the tasks you are assigning her with courage and leadership.
Nechirvan Barzani


Prime Minister Barzani and US Deputy Secretary of State discuss liberation of Mosul and aftermath

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken accompanied by a political and military delegation.

The US delegation included Ambassador Brett McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, US ambassador to Baghdad Douglas Silliman, Erbil Consul General Ken Gross and a number of advisers and diplomats.

In the meeting also attended by KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani and a number of KRG senior officials, Mr. Blinken praised the KRG for providing shelter, security, and services to a very large number of internally displaced persons and refugees fleeing the brutality of terrorism.

He stressed, however, that the battle to liberate Mosul could lead to the displacement of many more people to the Kurdistan Region, emphasising the need for continued international humanitarian assistance to displaced people. Mr. Blinken reaffirmed US commitment to provide humanitarian assistance to the Kurdistan Region.

The US delegation stressed the important role of Peshmerga forces in liberating Mosul in cooperation with Iraqi government and international coalition forces. In this regard, they highlighted the need for developing a plan for the post-liberation era of the city of Mosul.

They also expressed their government’s willingness to strengthen bilateral relations with the Kurdistan Region. Regarding the financial situation, they praised the campaign of economic reforms initiated by the KRG.

Prime Minister Barzani stressed that as an important part of the international coalition in the war against ISIS the Kurdistan Region will exert all efforts to eradicate this terrorist threat. He highlighted the recent cooperation between Erbil and Baghdad in this regard, stressing the need for cooperation in other fields, particularly in providing assistance in areas liberated from ISIS.

Prime Minister Barzani pointed out that due to the current difficult financial situation it would be extremely difficult to accommodate and assist additional displaced people. To face this challenge, he emphasised the urgent need for additional international assistance to both the Kurdistan Region and Iraq.

Prime Minister Barzani also discussed his recent visit to Baghdad and the outcome of his meetings with Iraqi federal government officials.

Regional political and security developments were also discussed in the meeting.


President Barzani and President Hollande Meet in Paris

Paris, France, (Krp.org)- President Masoud Barzani was received by the President of France, Francois Hollande in Paris today. During the meeting President Barzani and President Hollande discussed the latest advances against the terrorists of the Islamic State. President Barzani noted that the support of France shall be remembered by the Kurdistan Region and for that support he expressed, on behalf of the people of the Kurdistan Region his deep sense of appreciation.

President Barzani and President Hollande also spoke of the political developments in the region especially vis-a-vis the impact of such events on the Kurdistan Region.

The two sides spoke in detail about the Mosul operation and it was then that Presient Barzani reiterated his stance to President Hollande that all the concerned parties from within Iraq and the allies should pay very careful attention to the day after liberation, as that process will of immense difficulty.


Barzani meets with French defense minister and mayor of Paris

Paris, France (Krp.org)- President Masoud Barzani held several meetings yesterday as part of his official France visit. The meetings included with Jean-Yves Le Drian the Minister of Defense where they spoke of the current and upcoming military operations against the terrorists of the Islamic State. The President and Minister Le Drian also made reference to the Mosul operation and how its commencement and eventual success will heavily weaken the terrorists’ morale in both Syria and Iraq.

President Barzani also met with Ms. Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris who had previously visited the city of Erbil and made reference to inviting the officials of the Kurdistan Region’s capital to Paris to discuss matters where Paris can be of assistance to the city of Erbil.

The President is scheduled to meet President Francois Hollande in Paris as part of his visit to France.