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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.

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Prime Minister Barzani meets Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, and his accompanying delegation, including Turkish Ambassador to Iraq Fatih Yildiz, and Turkish Consul General to the Kurdistan Region Hakan Karacay. The meeting was also attended by a number of KRG officials.

Among topics discussed were strengthening bilateral relations, increasing trade and border crossings, continuing coordination and cooperation against terrorism, the situation in Kirkuk and other disputed areas, and the general situation in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq.

Prime Minister Barzani thanked Turkey for its support to the Kurdistan Region during difficult times. He expressed the KRG’s desire to strengthen relations with Turkey and its willingness to facilitate Turkish investment in the Region. He described the relations between the Kurdistan Region and Turkey as important and strategic.

Minister Çavuşoğlu stressed that his country did not turn its back on the Kurdistan Region during difficult times and looked forward to further strengthening relations. He said that Turkish companies can invest in the Region and participate in construction, especially in areas affected by the war against ISIS.

He also pointed to his meetings with Iraqi officials in Baghdad and highlighted the importance of cooperation and coordination between Iraq and Turkey on water issue.

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Kurdistan Regional and Iraqi Federal governments meet in Erbil

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – The Kurdistan Regional Government and the Iraqi Federal Government met in Erbil. The Iraqi Federal Government delegation was led by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dr. Fuad Hussein and included federal ministers of planning, agriculture, industry and trade. The Kurdistan Regional Government, KRG, delegation was headed by Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and included Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council Masrour Barzani and a number of ministers and adviders.

Prime Minister Barzani reacalled the Kurdistan Region being a political entity under the Iraqi Constiturion, and deemed that it should be dealt with according to this principle and its constitutional rights be respected. At the same time he reiterated KRG’s commitment to fully cooperate with the Iraqi Federal Government in resolving outstanding issues, especially those affecting the interests of all Iraqi people.

He reaffirmed the KRG’s full support to Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi. He stressed the Kurdistan Region’s hope for progress in the rest of Iraq and expressed the KRG’s willingness to support growth of a national economy that enables improvement in the lives of everyone in the country.

They discussed the outstanding issues between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad, stressing the need for a serious dialogue in this regard.

At this meeting in Erbil of the Iraqi Economic Council issues pertaining to the economy, customs, quality control, and other topics were discussed.

They stressed to continue working on the remaining outsanding issues, which need further talks and formation of special committees, particularly those issues which have legal dimentions. In this regard, they demmed necessary that the Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament issues resolutions on amending and implementing some Iraqi federal laws in the Kurdistan Region.