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Prime Minister Barzani meets with the European Union representatives

Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with a delegation of representatives of the European Union countries in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.

Mr. Patrick Simonnet, the head of the delegation and the EU Ambassador to Iraq, briefed the Prime Minister on the latest meeting of EU foreign ministers.

The representatives commended the Kurdistan Region for its role in the fight against terror and the sacrifices made by the Kurdistan military forces, the Peshmergas, in defending the free world.  Regarding the independence referendum, scheduled for 25th of September, the European diplomats called for serious dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad.

Prime Minister Barzani thanked the European Union countries for their support to the Kurdistan Region in the fight against terror. Mr. Barzani also reiteratd his position that Erbil and Baghdad need to engage in a serious dialogue on their future relations and standing disputes.

The leader of the Kurdistan Regional Government also said that the people of Kurdistan have the right and want to determine their own future through the referendum.  He said that the referendum will not have a negative impact on the Kurdistan Region’s fight against terror, adding that Kurdistan will continue to defeat and uproot the so-called Islamic State terrorist organization.

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Prime Minister Barzani discusses the situation of displaced people

Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Mr. Amin Awad, UNHCR Director for the Middle East and North Africa Bureau and Regional Refugee Coordinator, and his accompanying delegation.

Mr. Amin commended the people and government of Iraqi Kurdistan in hosting and assisting an extraordinary number of people forcibly displaced by the ISIS onslaught and fleeing hostilities in the war to liberate Mosul.

Mr. Amin informed that UNHCR is developing a mechanism, in consultation with the KRG, to assist IDPs to return to their homes. In upcoming conferences they will promote the KRG being supported by the international community.

Prime Minister Barzani expressed appreciation to the UNHCR for its support to Iraqi Kurdistan. He affirmed that under current circumstances the KRG is not in a position to satisfactorily support such a high number of displaced people. He urged UNHCR to seek and provide adequate assistance.

Regarding the return of the IDPs to their place of origin, Prime Minister Barzani stated that stability, security and basic services should be offered for the IDPs to be able to return to their homes.

The situation of IDPs and refugees in the region in general and assistance programmes were also discussed in the meeting.

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Deputy Prime Minister Talabani meets with European leaders

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Regional Government Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani met with a number of European leaders during his visit to the continent this week.

In the Netherlands, Mr. Talabani met separately with the Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders and Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert.

In the meetings, Mr. Talabani discussed the fight against the so-called Islamic State terrorist organization, Kurdistan Regional Government’s reform programs, and bilateral ties.

The Dutch officials praised Kurdistan’s military forces, the Peshmerga, for their fight against terrorists, describing them as a symbol of courage. They also stressed that the Netherlands will will continue to provide military support to the KRG until ISIS is eliminated.

Kurdistan Region Deputy Prime Minister also met with officials from the European Parliament.  The Kurdistan Region’s fight against terror topped the agenda of the Brussels meetings, along with the scheduled independence referendum.

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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.

Ambassador Baker discussed regional developments, including the fight against ISIS and the operation to liberate Mosul.

He commended the battlefield accomplishments of the Kurdistan Region military forces, the Peshmerga, and their cooperation and coordination with the Iraqi forces in the fight against ISIS. He also commended the people and government of Iraqi Kurdistan in their efforts against terrorism and hosting and assisting an extraordinary number of displaced people.

Ambassador Baker affirmed the UK’s wilingness to continue its relations with Kurdistan Region in all sectors. The two sides also discussed the situation in Iraq, and the Region’s decision to conduct an independence referendum in September.

Prime Minister Barzani expressed appreciation to the British Government  for its support to the Kurdistan Region.

Regarding the scheduled referendum, Prime Minister Barzani reaffirmed that Kurdistan looks towards finding a way forward that would guarantee the region’s peace and stability through serious dialogue with Iraqi Federal Government, to be engaged following the referendum.

Prime Minister Barzani also affirmed that the independence referendum will not hamper the Kurdistan Region’s efforts in fighting terrorism, but it would further strengthen the Region in its war against terrorism, which is a serious threat to the world security.

 

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Prime Minister Barzani and the Italian Army Chief of Defence Staff discuss bilateral relations

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received General Claudio Graziano, Chief of Defence Staff of the Italian Armed Forces, and his accompanying delegation.

General Graziano expressed his satisfaction with the level of cooperation and coordination between the Peshmerga and Italian forces, especially in the area of Mosul Dam, where Italian troops are deployed to protect the dam and an Italian company in charge of reparation of the dam.

Discussing bilateral relations, General Graziano reiterated that his country will continue its support for the Peshmarga forces.

Prime Minister Barzani expressed his appreciation to the Government of Italy for its support to the Kurdistan Peshmerga forces and praised the role of its forces in protecting the Mosul Dam. He also commended the strong cooperation and coordination between the Peshmerga and the Italian forces.

The two sides also discussed the latest regional developments, the operation to liberate the city of Mosul from ISIS, the relationship between Erbil and Baghdad and Kurdistan Region’s decision to hold independence referendum in September.

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Prime Minister Barzani condemns Tehran terrorist attack

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – In a statement, Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani strongly condemned  the terrorist attack in Tehran.

Below is the text of Prime Minister Barzani’s statement:

I strongly condemn the terrorist attack that targeted Iranian parliament and Imam Khomeini shrine, earlier today in Tehran.

The people of Kurdistan have been and are at the forefront of the war against terrorism, from which they have greatly suffered. Therefore, they understand the suffering of the families of the victims, the people and government of Iran.

I extend my condolences to the families of the victims, the people and the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and wish a speedy recovery for the wounded victims.

Terrorists, wherever they are, take advantage of any opportunity to carry out their malicious and evil plans and do not hesitate to kill innocent people regardless of their religious belief or nationality.

As terrorist attacks continue to rise in many places across the world, the international community has to take stronger measures and adopt greater cooperation in order to confront terrorism and its ideology.

Once again, we express our sorrow and share the pain of the families of the victims and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Nechirvan Barzani
Prime Minister
Kurdistan Regional Government

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Prime Minister Barzani condemns London terrorist attack

In a statement, Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani strongly condemned Saturday’s terrorist attack in London.

Below is the text of Prime Ministr Barzani’s statement:

I strongly condemn the terrorist attack that took place last night in London, which killed and wounded a number of civilians.

I extend my condolences to the families of the victims, the people and the government of the United Kingdom, and wish a speedy recovery for the wounded victims.

Nechirvan Barzani
Prime Minister
Kurdistan Regional Government

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Prime Minister Barzani meets Russian President Putin

Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

President Putin valued the development of ties between the two sides, particularly in the economic field.

Noting that terrorism has become a global issue, President Putin praised the Kurdistan Region for the way it has been conducting the fight against the Islamic State terrorist group, ISIS.

Regarding cooperation in the field of energy, President Putin said that he supports the agreements signed between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Russian oil companies. He expressed his support for further strengthening these relations.

Prime Minister Barzani expressed his appreciation for the warm reception and his pleasure to further developing the relations between Russia and the Kurdistan Region.

He reiterated his government’s support for Russian companies wishing to invest in various fields in the Kurdistan Region.

He also thanked Russian President for his country’s support in the war against ISIS terrorists.

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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.