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New KRG Prime Minister Promises to Strengthen the Region and Introduce Widespread Reforms following Inauguration

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) – The Kurdistan Parliament has confirmed Mr Masrour Barzani’s appointment as Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), together with the ministerial cabinet.

Following his inauguration, Prime Minister Barzani vowed to make Kurdistan stronger, improve ties with Baghdad and diversify the region’s economy.

The Prime Minister said: “After working since September 2018 to put together a truly inclusive government, my commitment now is to work together with every party and every part of our nation to build a strong KRG that serves the people, not the other way around. We cannot succeed in building a strong government if we allow petty divisions and small disagreements to drive us apart.”

The Prime Minister called for further progress in developing a stable and constructive partnership with Iraq’s federal government.

“Erbil and Baghdad both want security and prosperity, built on a foundation of mutual respect and cooperation,” he said. “This will include securing our rightful share of government revenue, by settling once and for all the division of revenue formula that determines the annual budget allocation for Kurdistan.”

Concerning Kurdistan’s economy, Prime Minister Barzani highlighted the region’s over-reliance on oil and gas, and promised to overhaul the public sector.

“We must ensure our government serves the people of Kurdistan in a fully transparent and accountable manner,” he said. “This will include securing the public finances to pay down our debts, introducing regulatory reforms that allow businesses to thrive, attracting more foreign investment and enabling the development of new infrastructure.”

The Prime Minister called on the international community to support Kurdistan’s new government and its reform programme, while helping to protect the region’s status as a haven for persecuted and displaced people.

“Today, around 1.25 million internally displaced people from elsewhere in Iraq live in Kurdistan, alongside almost 275,000 refugees from neighbouring countries,” he commented. “We hope our friends and allies will continue offering their support to Kurdistan, as we remain a haven of tolerance in an uncertain part of the world.”
For more information about the KRG’s new cabinet, visit https://gov.krd/government/the-cabinet/.

Please direct media enquiries to media@gov.krd

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Nechirvan Barzani Discusses the Developments in the Area with Emmanuel Macron

President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron expressed his country’s support for the Kurdistan Region, and expressed his delight to see relations between Erbil and Iraq has improved, also the discussion for resolving the issues between the Kurdistan Region and the Federal Government of Iraq is continued.

On Wednesday July 10, 2019, the President of French Republic Emmanuel Macron received the President of Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani.
In the meeting, the two sides discussed latest security developments in the area, relations and issues between Erbil – Baghdad and the efforts to resolving the issues in accordance to the Iraqi Constitution, the condition of refugees in the Kurdistan Region and ways of assisting their return to their homes.

President Macron expressed France’s appreciation to the Kurdistan Region for fighting against terrorists and providing asylum for refugees and displaced persons , and protecting religious and ethnic groups. He reiterated France’s support for the Kurdistan Region within the framework of the European Union and the United Nations.

On his side, President Barzani expressed his appreciation for France’s political, military and humanitarian support, and he underlined the significant role of President Macron in supporting the Kurdistan Region politically and diplomatically in difficult days, which resulted in initiation of talks with Baghdad for resolving issues.

The Kurdistan Region President presented a brief on Kurdistan Region and Iraq’s condition, and reaffirmed protecting and promoting the culture of coexistence and tolerance among religious and ethnic groups in the Kurdistan Region.

Investment opportunities for French companies in the Kurdistan Region, strengthening commercial and economic ties between the Kurdistan Region and Iraq with France, Syria’s situation, and the risks of terrorism resurgence were all discussed.

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The ceremony for swearing-in of Nechirvan Barzani as the new President of the Kurdistan Region

The Kurdistan Parliament today conducted a special ceremony for the swearing-in of Nechirvan Barzani as the new President of the Kurdistan Region.

Nechirvan Barzani delivered a first speech to all the participants, from Iraq and abroad, as president of Kurdistan Region of Irak.

During his speech, he thanked Masoud Barzani for his leadership of the Kurdish nation for many years.

He urged the political parties to be more unified despite all the differences in views, for the sake of the region.

Therefore, he promised that a new roadmap for the Kurdistan Region in working with the Iraqi federal government will be created soon. The new program will better protect the rights of the people of the country in accordance with the Iraqi constitution.

 

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Deloitte report on Oil and Gas review in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region – Q4 of 2018

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) - Today, Regional Council for Oil and Gas Affairs has published new verified data on the Kurdistan Region’s oil exports, consumption and revenues, covering the period from 1 October 2018 to 31 December 2018, after a review of the sector by the international “Big 4” audit and consulting firm, Deloitte.

The Regional Council for Oil and Gas Affairs acknowledges the positive feedback received from stakeholders, including the international community, and reiterates its commitment to the people of Kurdistan that the two international audit firms, Deloitte and Ernst & Young, will continue to independently review the oil and gas sector, inclusive of all the streams.

Deloitte’s report for the fourth quarter of 2018 is accessible through this link (PDF), in Kurdish, Arabic and English.

Frequently asked questions handbook (PDF) in KurdishArabic and English to help readers better understand different sections of the report.

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Nechirvan Barzani was elected President of Kurdistan Region

Nechirvan Barzani was elected President of the Kurdistan Region by Kurdistan’s Parliament on May 28. He will step down from his current position as Prime Minister after taking his oath of office on June 10 in a special ceremony. The President, after his June 10 swearing in, will designate and task a Prime Minister with forming a new cabinet in 30 days

Numerous diplomats and officials congratulated the new President with his new post wishing him all success.

 

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Prime Minister Barzani meets Patriarch of Assyrian Church of the East

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received the Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, His Holiness Mar Gewargis III Sliwa, and his accompanying delegation that included bishops from other countries. 

The meeting was also attended by Kurdistan Regional Government ministers and officials.

Prime Minister Barzani congratulated the delegation on the occasion of the opening of the new church in Diana in the Soran district. He stated that the Kurdistan Region is proud of its culture of peaceful coexistence among its communities.

The delegation thanked Prime Minister Barzani and the institutions of the Kurdistan Regional Government for supporting their activities and for sheltering and protecting a large number of displaced people without discrimination. They commended the culture of coexistence in the Kurdistan Region.

Prime Minister Barzani presented a brief overview of the political situation in the region and the threat of the reemergence of ISIS. He hoped that security and stability will return to war devastated areas of Iraq and the displaced people will be able to go back to their places of origin.

He also stressed KRG’s continued support to their church and all other churches and religions in the Kurdistan Region.

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Prime Minister Barzani receives U.S. Consul General

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received U.S. Consul General to the Kurdistan Region Steven Fagin and his accompanying delegation.

They discussed the political situation in Iraq in general and the Kurdistan Region in particular, including the process of formation of the new cabinet of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Prime Minister Barzani presented a brief overview of the agreement reached between the political parties on the activation of the Presidency of the Kurdistan Region and the formation of the new cabinet.

They also discussed improvement in relations between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad and the efforts to resolve outstanding issues.

The current conditions of Mosul and the disputed areas as well as the post ISIS situation were highlighted. They emphasized the importance of cooperation and coordination between the Kurdistan Region, Baghdad and the Coalition forces to prevent the re-emergence of terrorism.

The situation of the internally displaced people and their return to their homes were also discussed in the meeting.

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Prime Minister Barzani receives British Ambassador

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received British Ambassador to Iraq, Jon Wilks and British Consul General to the Kurdistan Region, Martin Warr.

The general situation in the region, political and security stability in Iraq, and the condition of the displaced people in the Kurdistan Region were discussed.

They stressed that negotiations and dialogue are the only way to maintain security and stability in the region.

Ambassador Wilks commended Prime Minister Barzani for his role in improving the relations between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad and settlement of some issues between the two sides. They also discussed bilateral relations.

Ambassador Wilks gave a brief overview of his visit to IDP and refugee camps in Duhok and highlighted the issue of displaced persons’ return to their places of origin.

The process of the formation of the new cabinet of the Kurdistan Regional Government was also discussed.

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Prime Minister Barzani meets with UN Envoy

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, Ms. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, and her accompanying delegation.

Prime Minister Barzani presented a brief overview of the the political situation, including the agreement among the Region’s political parties regarding the three presidencies – President of the Kurdistan Region, Speaker of the Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament, and Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government. Relations between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad and resolving the outstanding issues were discussed.

Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert welcomed the agreement among Kurdistan parties and the improvement of relations between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad.

They discussed the situation of the disputed areas, stressing the need for improved security with coordination between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad so displaced people could return to their homes.

The situation of the greater region, including Syria and Iran, was also discussed.