President Barzani: We Spare No Effort to Stop the War

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, 10 October 2019

President Nechirvan Barzani says the Kurdistan Region is deeply concerned about the military operation in Syria.  In a statement on Thursday, the President of the Kurdistan Region called upon the international community to take concrete steps to end the war and build a lasting peace in Syria.

Below is President Barzani’s full statement:

We have been closely monitoring the developments in Syria and we are deeply concerned about the military operation in the east of Euphrates, especially as extremist groups of Syrian opposition are taking part in the operation.

War leads to more destruction, displacement of civilians and instability in the entire region and could pave the way for resurgence of more serious and vicious terror campaigns.

We, in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq, made immense sacrifices to defeat terror, and we have witnessed the destruction of war first-hand.  We are very concerned and cautious about deteriorating security and stability, as it might lead to unforeseen and dangerous consequences, affecting the region and the world. Therefore, we spare no effort to stop this war and bring about peace, and we are ready to provide mediation and assistance.

Fighting and armed conflicts greatly undermine the region’s stability, erase the gains made against ISIS, and serve no one’s interest.  I call upon the international community and the United Nations Security Council to find a just and comprehensive solution for Syria’s future, a solution that protects the rights of all Syrians, and take concrete steps to end this war, build a lasting peace through dialogue and political means, and prevent another refugee crisis.


Kurdistan Region President Receives Foreign Minister of Russian Federation

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, 07 October 2019

President Nechirvan Barzani received Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov..
President Barzani conveyed his appreciation to President Vladimir Putin and Russia for supporting the Kurdistan Region during difficult times. He also thanked Minister Lavrov and considered his visit as a sign of support for the Kurdistan Region.

President Barzani also expressed his concern with the situation of Kurds in Syria and requested Minister Lavrov’s cooperation to work with the international community and help protect the rights of Kurds in Syria.

During the meeting, Minister Lavrov stressed Russia’s continued support for the Kurdistan Region and welcomed the improved relations between Erbil-Baghdad and continued dialogue aimed at resolving outstanding issues in accordance with the Iraqi Constitution.

Minister Lavrov also expressed his appreciation to the Kurdistan Region for providing investment opportunities to Russian private sector companies in the Region, especially in the energy sector. He also confirmed that his country will continue to support and aid the Kurdistan Region and Iraq against terrorism.

Both sides discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations,, the latest developments in the region, threats of terrorist resurgence in Iraq and the wider region, and the Kurdistan Region’s relations with neighboring countries.

The meeting was also attended by the Vice Presidents of the Kurdistan Region and officials from the Kurdistan Regional Government.


Kurdistan Region President Meets with the Judiciary Council

rbil, Kurdistan Region, 01 October 2019

President Nechirvan Barzani received members of Kurdistan Region’s Judicial Council to discuss the judiciary system and legislations.

President Barzani expressed his support to the judicial authority and stressed the critical responsibility to uphold the rule of law and ensure citizens have complete confidence in the impartiality of the Kurdistan Region’s judicial system. He alsoemphasized on the need for close coordination between both Kurdistan Region and Iraq’s Judiciarysystems.

During the meeting, the Judiciary Council reiterated President Barzani’s role as a protector of the rule of law in the Kurdistan Region.

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s Minister of Justice, Farsat Ahmed, also attended the meeting.

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President Barzani Receives the New Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Iraq

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, 01 October 2019

President Nechirvan Barzani met with the new Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Iraq, Jang Kyung-wook.

President Barzani praised the relations between the Kurdistan Region and the Republic of Korea, the past activities of Zaytun Division and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) within the International Coalition in the Kurdistan Region. He also extended support to Korean investment in the Kurdistan Region.

In the meeting, President Barzani congratulated Ambassador Jang Kyung-wook on assuming his post in Iraq and wished him all the success in his duties.

He also conveyed his congratulations to the Government of the Republic of Korea on South Korea’s National Day and for the 15 th anniversary of the dispatching of Zaytun Division in the Kurdistan Region.

Both sides expressed their willingness for strengthening bilateral ties.


President Nechirvan Barzani Meets with U.S. Delegation

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, 03 October 2019

President Nechirvan Barzani received American Senator Tammy Baldwin and her accompanying delegation.

President Barzani stressed on resolving outstanding issues in accordance with the Iraqi constitution and forming joint security mechanisms between Peshmerga forces and Iraqi Army in the disputed areas.

Both sides discussed the current political and security situation in Iraq, Erbil-Baghdad relations, the progress of discussions aimed at resolving oil and fiscal budget issues, conditions of refugees and their return home, the threat of ISIS resurgence and the relations of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region with the United States.

President Barzani expressed his appreciation to the U.S. for the support it provided to the Kurdistan Region and Iraq during the fight against ISIS. The U.S. delegation paid tribute to the sacrifices made by the Peshmerga forces in the war against terror and reiterated American continued support to the Kurdistan Region.


President Nechirvan Barzani Meets with the Ambassador of Qatar to Iraq

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, 29 September 2019

President Nechirvan Barzani received the Ambassador Khaled Hamad Al-Sulaiti of Qatar in Iraq.

President Barzani reaffirmed Kurdistan’s readiness to strengthen relations with Qatar and extended support for facilitating Qatari investments in the Kurdistan Region.

Both sides discussed the political and economicsituation of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, as well as the importance of continuing dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad regarding outstanding issues. They also discussed the situation of displaced persons and refugees in the Kurdistan Region.

Ambassador Al-Sulaiti conveyed the greetings of Qatar’s head of state to President Barzani and expressed his country’s willingness to further develop relations with the Kurdistan Region and Iraq. He affirmed his country’s intention to open a consulate in Erbil and encourage Qatari companies to invest in the Kurdistan Region.


Prime Minister Masrour Barzani Meets with the Commander of the Special Operations Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – Prime Minister Masrour Barzani today received Major General Eric T. Hill, Special Operations Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve Commander in Iraq and Syria.

Prime Minister Barzani discussed the ongoing threat of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the challenge it presents to displaced families wishing to return home.

Prime Minister Barzani provided an update on the coordinated efforts of the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi security forces to eliminate the so-called Islamic State and protect the people of Iraq.

Commander Hill praised the Peshmerga and Iraqi security forces’ robust partnership and affirmed the coalition’s support for cooperation between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the federal government of Iraq.

Prime Minister Barzani informed Commander Hill of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s commitment to establishing a constructive and stable relationship with Baghdad, underpinned by the Kurdistan Region’s rights under the constitution.


KRG Agrees Actions on Intellectual Property, Support for Farmers and Border Security

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) – Prime Minister Masrour Barzani today chaired a meeting of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), reaching key decisions on important domestic issues.

The KRG agreed that it would update and fully implement legislation on intellectual property, protecting the Kurdistan Region’s entrepreneurs, academics and businesses from infringement. A legal committee will also be established to review new draft legislation for approval in this session of the Kurdistan Parliament.

In recognition of the importance of the Kurdistan Region’s agricultural workers, the KRG agreed that it would remove the debts of around 9,000 hardworking farmers. The Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources will repay over IQD 222 billion (USD 186 million) in line with the new government’s objective of developing and diversifying the Kurdistan Region’s economy.

The KRG also elected to form a special committee to enhance coordination and communication between entry points along the Kurdistan Region’s border to improve security and trade with neighbouring countries.


President Barzani Meets Top US Diplomat in Iraq

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, 18 September 2019

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani met with the United States Ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Tueller.

Latest political developments in Iraq, including talks between Erbil and Baghdad to address outstanding issues, were discussed in the meeting.

President Barzani and the U.S. ambassador stressed the need for continued efforts to resolve pressing issues in accordance with the Iraqi Constitution , such as disputed areas, budget, oil and Kirkuk governorship.

The Kurdistan Region President said that Iraq needs continued assistance from the multinational coalition forces, as the threat of terror re-emergence still exists.

The United States Consul General to the Kurdistan Region, Steve Fagin, also participated in the meeting.


Iraqi and Kurdistan Region Presidents Discusses Erbil-Baghdad Relations

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, 17 September 2019

Iraqi President Barham Salih and the President of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani stressed on further strengthening relations between Erbil and Baghdad and continued efforts to address outstanding issues in accordance with the Constitution of Iraq.

The two leaders discussed pressing issues between the federal Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government, such as next year’s fiscal budget, Article 140 of Iraqi Constitution, and the threat of terror and extremism.

The meeting also focused on the importance of preserving the unity of Kurdistan parties in Iraq, consensus on crucial issues and working towards strengthening the relations between Erbil and Baghdad.

The Speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament, Vice Presidents of the Kurdistan Region, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Iraq and a number of Kurdistan Regional Government officials attended the meeting.

President Salih and his accompanied delegation arrived in Erbil Tuesday afternoon and they were received in the airport by President Barzani.