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A Message from President Masoud Barzani

Over the past century, we have not had any real exercising of the principle of partnership in Iraq. We have instead experienced a series of injustices including the genocidal Anfal campaign and bombardment by chemical weapons. It is therefore in pursuit of peace and avoiding further conflicts that the people of the Kurdistan Region decided to hold the referendum to determine their destiny and move towards independence.

The people of the Kurdistan Region took this decision, and it is, therefore, a natural and a just right, which does not violate any divine or human principles. Additionally, this democratic exercise is in no way meant to create any hostilities towards any components of the Iraqi society. On the contrary strong foundations will be built for new historical relations between the people of Kurdistan and the Iraqi people, and will put an end to those who want to sow discord and fuel differences between the two peoples.

Any statement or behavior that can be perceived as hostile to the principles of brotherhood and peaceful co-existence has nothing to do with the supreme values of our people or the general policies of the Kurdistan Region, which has historically taken pride in its culture of coexistence and tolerance.

Today, as our people move toward independence, it is imperative that we hereby assure everyone that we cannot confuse the criminal and inhuman behavior of the Iraqi regimes against the people of Kurdistan and the spirit of brotherhood that binds the people of Kurdistan with the Iraqi people. We affirm that the referendum process will not negatively affect the continuity of that spirit and friendship. Not only will the brotherhood between the peoples of the Kurdistan Region and Iraq continue, it will also be further deepened. It is also noteworthy to remind everyone that all of the components of the Iraqi society were victims of the criminal acts of the successive dictatorial regimes in Baghdad. We, along with other Iraqis always collectively fought, in one trench and one front against injustice and tyranny.

As the citizens of the Kurdistan Region pursue their just rights, we ask them to take into account the supreme values of our people and our culture of brotherhood and peaceful coexistence between the ethnic and religious components of Iraq.

Furthermore, we ask our Iraqi brethren to understand that the people of Kurdistan have never been the reason to destabilize Iraq’s unity or the principles of partnership and coexistence. The dictatorial regimes of the successive Iraqi governments have heavily contributed to creating an Iraq where governments were placed to sabotage those principles.

Masoud Barzani
September 10, 2017

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Prime Minister Barzani meets British Ambassador to Iraq

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Frank Baker, British Ambassador to Iraq and his accompanying delegation.

The two sides discussed the current situation in the Kurdistan Region, particularly reconvening of the Kurdistan Region Parliament and the independence referendum, to be held on 25 September.

The relations between Erbil and Baghdad were highlighted in the meeting. They stressed the need to resolve the outstanding issues through dialogue and mutual understanding.

The two sides also discussed the latest developments in the fight against the Islamic State terrorist organization, ISIS, in Iraq and the region and the situation of the liberated areas from the terrorist group, particularly the issue of the return of IDPs to their places of origin.

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Prime Minister Barzani meets US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received the US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, Brett McGurk, and his accompanying delegation.

Discussing the Kurdistan independence referendum, planned to be held on 25 September, the two sides stressed that all the outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad should be settled through serious dialogue and mutual understanding.

They also discussed the latest development in the fight against the Islamic State terrorist group, ISIS, in Iraq and Syria and the possibilities for the displaced persons to return to their places of origin that have been liberated from ISIS.

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Prime Minister Barzani receives Germany’s new Consul General to the Kurdistan Region

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Mr. Kurt Georg Stockl-Stillfried, the new Consul General of Germany in Erbil.

The General Consul  stressed that the German Government places great importance to its relations with the Kurdistan Region and voiced the need to further strengthen bilateral relations.

Prime Minister Barzani wished the new Consul General success in his new position, and he expressed his appreciation for Germany’smilitary and humanitarian support to the Kurdistan Region, especially in the field of military training. He also expressed his desire to strengthen bilateral ties between Erbil and Berlin.

Prime Minister Barzani discussed the tragedies that the people of Iraqi Kurdistan went through in the past decades. He stressed the referendum that the Kurdistan Region will hold later this month is a mean to define the relations between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Region in a way to prevet the recurrence of past tragedies and atrocities committed against the people of Kurdistan.

He stressed the need to resolve the outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad through serious dialogue and mutual understanding, in which, he said, the International Community can play an important role.

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Prime Minister Barzani meets Kuwaiti envoy in the Kurdistan Region

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with Mr. Omar Al-Kandari, the Consul General of the State of Kuwait in Erbil.

In the meeting, the Kuwaiti envoy reiterated his desire to strengthen bilateral relations between the Kurdistan Region and Kuwait. He briefed the Prime Minister on the humanitarian support provided by the Kuwaiti aid organizations to refugees and internally displaced persons based in the Kurdistan Region, and thanked the Kurdistan Regional Government and aid organizations in the Region for their support.

The Consul General also stated that they will encourage Kuwaiti investors to visit Kurdistan and discover investment potentials here.

For his part, Prime Minister Barzani thanked Mr. AL-Kandari for his visit and expressed his appreciation to Kuwait for providing humanitarian assistance to  the refugees and IDPs in the Region.

Mr. Barzani also stressed the need to boost bilateral relations between Erbil and Kuwait, noting that the Kurdistan Regional Government will provide assistance to the Kuwaiti businesses to invest in Kurdistan.

The two sides also discussed the planned independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region, future relations between Erbil and Baghdad and other issues.

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Prime Minister Barzani receives letter from Korean President

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Mr. Park Young-Kyu, the Consul General of Korea in Erbil and his accompanying delegation.

Mr. Park conveyed a letter from Mr. Moon Jae-In, President of the Republic of Korea, inviting stronger relations between Erbil and Seoul.

He expressed Korea’s readiness to cooperate with the Kurdistan Region on technology development and discussed the Korean International Cooperation Agency’s (KOICA) capacities to help with electricity production and distribution.

He also expressed his government’s interest in helping to strengthen the public sector and said next month they will open a center to train public employees.

Prime Minister Barzani expressed his appreciation for President Moon’s letter and stressed the KRG’s desire also to strengthen bilateral relations between Erbil and Seoul.

Prime Minister Barzani said that the KRG will welcome Korean companies to invest in the Kurdistan Region and share their expertise, especially in the field of e-governance.

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Prime Minister Barzani’s message on Eid al-Adha

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – On the occasion of Eid al-Adha, Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, issued the following message:

On the occasion of Eid al-Adha I extend my best wishes to the families of our martyrs and congratulate all Muslims in Kurdistan and around the world. On this Eid, with our deepest gratitude, we remember and honor our highly-esteemed martyrs.

As a celebration of peace and reconciliation, may this Eid inspire unity and coexistence among all religious communities. After decades of struggle and sacrifice, may our people progress through dialogue toward an important step in securing their legitimate rights.

I wish everyone a peaceful holiday period and look forwards to the next Eid where we will hopefuly be in a new era of freedom without war and terrorism, and those who fled in fear to the safety and security of our land return to their homes and rebuild their lives.