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The Head of DFR, Minister Safeen Dizayee meet with the Spanish Ambassador to Iraq, Juan José Stemmann

The Head of DFR, Minister Safeen Dizayee meet with the Spanish Ambassador to Iraq, Juan José Stemmann. The Ambassador Stemmann  congratulated Minister Dizayee on his appointment and wished him success in his duty and expressed his support to KRG plans. Both sides discussed economical and cultural cooperation between Spain and Kurdistan region of Iraq and the possibilities to further deepen the relations.

The Honorary Consul of Spain in Kurdistan Region, Dawood Jaff also assisted to the meeting.

& further deepening them.

Amb supports #KRG plans & congratulated Minister #Dizayee on his appointment.

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President Barzani: Iraq and Kurdistan Need More Foreign Investment

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, 12 September 2019 – President of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani stressed the importance of attracting more foreign investment to Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.

In a meeting with Iraqi Minister of Planning Nuri Sabah Al-Dulaimi, President Barzani highlighted the need for sound policies and effective plans for attracting and managing foreign investments.

Both sides discussed the preparations for holding general census in Iraq and underlined the importance of cooperation between relevant institutions of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, as well as the international organizations in the process.

They also discussed the Iraqi budget law for 2020 and the reconstruction of areas destroyed during the fight against terror.

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President Barzani Appoints Vice Presidents of the Kurdistan Region

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, 10 September 2019 – Chief of Staff of the Kurdistan Region Presidency, Fawzi Hariri, announced today that the President of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani issued the decree on the appointment of two vice presidents of the Kurdistan Region. Mr. Hariri made the announcement in a statement Tuesday. Below is the text of the statement:

The President of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani issued a decree to appoint Mr. Jaafar Mustafa Ali and Mr. Mustafa Qadir Mustafa as Vice Presidents of the Kurdistan Region on Sunday, 8 September 2019.

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Prime Minister Barzani chairs meeting to discuss government priorities

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) – Prime Minister Masrour Barzani today chaired a meeting of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to discuss a range of key priorities.

The meeting approved an essential overhaul of the Kurdistan Region’s taxation system and agreed further actions regarding the KRG’s engagement with the federal government of Iraq.

The meeting discussed the formation of a special committee to oversee preparations for the Iraqi national census in 2020.

The KRG agreed to send a delegation to Baghdad next week to ensure the Kurdistan Region’s interests are represented in the 2020 Iraqi budget. The government will invite Iraq’s finance, oil and gas, and legal parliamentary committees for further in-depth discussions.

A government delegation is due to update the Kurdistan Parliament on the progress of talks between the KRG and the Iraqi government on Thursday.

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Prime Minister Masrour Barzani receives Iraq’s Minister of Planning

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) – Prime Minister Masrour Barzani today received the Minister of Planning for Iraq, Nouri Sabah al-Dulaimi.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Barzani and the Minister agreed that improved relations between Erbil and Baghdad have opened a path to constructive dialogue.

Prime Minister Barzani emphasised that talks with the Baghdad government are focused on promoting the Kurdistan Region’s rights as enshrined in the constitution.

Prime Minister Barzani and the Minister discussed the importance of the 2020 Iraqi national census. Prime Minister Barzani affirmed that the census should remain a neutral tool, not to be utilised against any section of Iraq’s population.

Minister al-Dulaimi praised the progress made by the Kurdistan Regional Government over the last decade, describing the KRI as a model for successful reform in the Middle East.

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Kurdistan Region President Meets Top UN Official in Iraq

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, 9 September 2019 – President of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani met with Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, United Nations Secretary-General Special Representative for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

During the meeting, President Barzani commended the role of the United Nations and highlighted the significance of the continuation of UNAMI’s support to federal Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Both sides discussed different issues, including Erbil-Baghdad relations, next year’s budget of Iraq, the situation in Kirkuk and its participation in the provincial elections, disputed areas and Article 140 of the Constitution of Iraq, the security situation of Iraq, the condition of refugees and their return to their homes, and the situation of Yezidis and the status of Shengal (Sinjar).

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Head of DFR Minister Safeen Dizayee meets Britain’s Ambassador to Iraq Jon Wilks

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (dfr.gov.krd) – Minister Safeen Dizayee on 2nd September received Britain’s Ambassador to Iraq Jon Wilks, accompanied by Mr. James Thornton, the UK’s Consul General in the Kurdistan Region.

Ambassador Wilks and  Minister Dizayee, the Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations (DFR), highlighted areas of mutual interest and common concern where the Kurdistan Region and Britain can deepen ties and increase cooperation, including the political, economic, investment, cultural, security and humanitarian fields, as well as education, capacity building, and private sector promotion.

Minister Dizayee reiterated the Kurdistan Region’s unwavering commitment to strengthening its bilateral relations and development cooperation with Britain. He also briefed Ambassador Wilks on improving Erbil-Baghdad ties and cooperation based on mutual understanding, as well as on recent developments in Iraq and the Region.

Ambassador Wilks congratulated Minister Dizayee on his appointment and wished him success in performing his duties.