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Prime Minister Barzani and Russian Foreign Minister discuss bilateral relations

Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and his accompanying delegation met Mr. Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister on the sidelines of the second day of Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum.

In the meeting, attended by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, and a number of KRG senior officials, Mr. Lavrov highlighted the relations between the Kurdistan Region and Russia, expressing his country’s willingness to further develop them.

He also discussed the active presence of Russian companies in the Kurdistan Region in the field of energy.

Mr. Lavrov commended the people, the Government and the Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Region for the role they play in confronting and repulsing the threat of the Islamic State terrorist group, ISIS.

He also stressed that all the parties should cooperate in the fight against ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria. In this regard, he commended the coordination between the Peshmerga and Iraqi forces.

He reaffirmed his country’s support for settling the outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad through dialogue.

Prime Minister Barzani expressed his satisfaction with the level of relations between the Kurdistan Region and Russian Federation, and thanked the Russian government for its support in the fight against ISIS.

Prime Minister Barzani stated that despite major challenges and hardship the Kurdistan Region has been going through, it has been able to overcome these difficulties to a large extend.

The Kurdistan Region has, since early 2014, been facing a series of problems, namely Baghdad’s withholding of its annual budget, the war against terrorism, the burden of sheltering and offering assistance to close to two million displaced people and refugees, and the drop in oil price.

Prime Minister Barzani said it is largely expected that the economic situation will gradually improve; the reason why he called for Russian companies to start investing in the Kurdistan Region.

Prime Minister Barzani stressed that the Kurdistan Region has good relations with its neighbors and is looking forward to develp its relations with member countries of the international community, particularly with the Russian Federation.

 

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Prime Minister Barzani and Russian Energy Minister agree to expand ties

Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and  Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novakand agreed to expand relations during a meeting  on the sidelines of St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

In the meeting, Prime Minister Barzani called for further strengthening the relations between the Kurdistan Region and Russian Federation, especially economic ties.  Mr. Barzani said that his government is ready to provide assistance to Russian businesses interested in investing in the Kurdistan Region.

While highlighting  the expansion of relations between Russia and the Kurdistan Region, Minister Novak said that his government encourages Russian compaines to do business in Kurdistan, especially in the oil and gas sector.

Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, Minister of Natural Resources Ashti Hawrami and Government Spokesperson Safeen Dizayee are accompanying Prime Minister Barzani in his visit to Russia.

Russian oil companies Gazprom and Rosneft have invested in the Kurdistan Region’s oil and gas sector.

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Prime Minister Barzani meets the Chairman of Gasprom Neft

On the sidelines of Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, SPIEF, Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and his accompanying delegation met Mr. Alexander Dyukov, Chairman of Gazprom Neft.

Mr. Alexander Dyukov expressed his satisfaction with the progress of Grasprom Naft activities in the Kurdistan Region, expressing his wish to further broaden the company’s work in future.

Prime Minister Barzani expressed his appreciation for Gazprom Neft, which did not stop its operations in the Kurdistan Region during the period when the Region went under terrorist aggression, by the Islamic State terrorist group.

Prime Minister Barzani expressed Kurdistan Regional Government’s willingness for further cooperation with Gazprom Neft to expand its work and activities in various sectors in the Kurdistan Region.