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Prime Minister Barzani meets Iraqi Prime Minister

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met the Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi in Baghdad.

They discussed strengthening relations between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Federal Government of Iraq through coordination and cooperation and exerting further effort to settle the remaining issues within the framework of the Constitution of Iraq.

Prime Minister Barzani thanked Prime Minister Abdul-Mahdi for his continual efforts to improve the federal government’s relations with the Kurdistan Regional Government and reiterated that the KRG will continue dialogue toward resolving all outstanding issues.

Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq for Economic Affairs and Minister of Finance, Fuad Hussein, Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister for Energy and Minister of Oil Thamir Ghadhban, Iraq’s National Security Advisor Falih al-Fayyadh, and KRG Minister of Interior Karim Sinjari also attended the meeting.

The security situation and the political process in Iraq and the latest developments in the wider region were also discussed.

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Prime Minister Barzani meets visiting Italian Prime Minister Conte

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and his accompanying delegation in Erbil.

The meeting was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani.

Prime Minister Conte praised the role of the Kurdistan Region Peshmerga forces in the fight against terrorism, the people and the Kurdistan Regional Government for accommodating and offering assistance to a large number of IDPs and refugees.

He valued the old tradition of tolerance and coexistence among the various religious communities in the Kurdistan Region, and reiterated his country’s humanitarian and military support to the Kurdistan Region.

The Italian Prime Minister stressed strengthening bilateral relations in various fields. He also welcomed the Kurdistan parliamentary elections, participation of the Kurdistan Region in the Iraqi elections, the continued talks between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad to settle differences and develop security cooperation between them.

Prime Minister Barzani thanked Prime Minister Conte for his visit to the Kurdistan Region. He also thanked his government for its continued support to the Kurdistan Region, particularly in the humanitarian, military and cultural fields.

Prime Minister Barzani highlighted the progress made in settling some of the issues between Kurdistan and Baghdad through constructive dialogue, and reaffirmed KRG’s support to the new Iraqi Prime Minister, Adil Abdul-Mahdi. He stressed that efforts will be further exerted to settle the remaining outstanding issues, within the framework of the Iraqi constitution.

Prime Minister Barzani said that the threat of terrorism still exists and highlighted the cooperation and coordination between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad to eradicate terrorism. He stressed that the support of the international community is essential in this context.

Prime Minister Barzani considered that international community’s role is essential in assisting the Kurdistan religious communities, who fled ISIS repression, to return to their places of origin and construct their devastated communities.

Prime Minister Barzani also highlighted KRG’s administrative reform process, the economic recovery and the opportunities for Italian investors to invest in various sectors in the Kurdistan Region.

The situation of the region in general and a number of topics related to the political and security situation in the wider region were also discussed in the meeting.

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Prime Minister Barzani receives U.S. Assistant Secretary of Treasury

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received U.S. Assistant Secretary of Treasury Marshall Billingslea and his accompanying delegation.

Assistant Secretary Billingslea welcomed improvements in the Kurdistan Region, especially in its economic infrastructure, government reforms, and the development of the private sector. He also expressed his country’s readiness to assist the Kurdistan Region and Iraq to strengthen their economies and reform government institutions.

Prime Minister Barzani thanked the U.S. Government for its continual support to the Kurdistan Region. He said that progress on expanding the economy of the Kurdistan Region will add to the Iraqi economy. He highlighted that private sector expansion that attracts foreign investment enables friends to participate as partners  in the Region’s development.

Also discussed was the situation in the Region and coordination of the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Iraq federal government with the international coalition, especially the United States, to counter terrorism by curtailing the financial resources of terrorists.

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Prime Minister Barzani receives Consul General of the Hellenic Republic

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received the Hellenic Republic’s Consul-General to the Kurdistan Region Efthymios Costopoulos and his accompanying delegation.

As the first Consul-General of the Hellenic Republic to the Kurdistan Region, Mr. Efthymios Costopoulos stressed developing bilateral cooperation between the Kurdistan Region and the Hellenic Republic (Greece).

He praised the tradition of tolerance and coexistence in the Kurdistan Region and commended the Kurdistan Regional Government for having hosted, accommodated and offered assistance to an extraordinary number of internally displaced persons.

Prime Minister Barzani assured Consul-General Costopoulos of KRG institutions’ full support to the Greek Consulate General.

He presented a brief overview of the post-ISIS situation, reconstruction of devastated areas and relations between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad, expressing his government’s full support to the new Iraqi government led by Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.

Latest political developments in the wider region were also discussed in the meeting.

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Prime Minister Barzani receives World Bank delegation

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received a delegation from the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), headed by Merza Hasan, Executive Director and Dean of the Board of Executive Directors.

The meeting was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani.

The delegation hailed the Kurdistan Regional Government’s successful management of the severe economic crisis which the Region witnessed in the past years, highlighting the current clear indications of recovery.

They expressed their willingness to help the Kurdistan Region in the field of administrative reforms, development of economy as well as funding infrastructure projects.

The IFC coordinator expressed support to the Kurdistan Regional Government and its strategic projects, some of which are funded by the IFC and implemented by the private sector. He also expressed their willingness to fund other projects of the private sector in the future.

Prime Minister Barzani stressed that the economic policy of the Kurdistan Regional Government underlines the importance of the private sector as an important pillar of a strong economy.

He stressed that the Kurdistan Regional Government will continue to provide assistance to the private sector and seeks to continue reforms in order to improve the performance of government and living conditions of the citizens as well as attracting foreign investors to the Kurdistan Region.

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Prime Minister Barzani receives UAE Acting Consul General

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received  the United Arab Emirates Acting Consul General to the Kurdistan Region Ahmed Al-Muhairbi, and his accompanying delegation.

Consul-General Al-Muhairbi pointed to UAE activities and projects being implemented in Iraq, including assistance to displaced people and refugees in the Kurdistan Region who fled terrorism. He thanked the Kurdistan Regional Government and its institutions for their support and coordination.

Prime Minister Barzani thanked the United Arab Emirates for its humanitarian assistance, hoped for its continuation, and expressed that the Kurdistan Region looks forward to further strengthening relations with the United Arab Emirates.

The political situation in the Kurdistan Region, latest development in its relations with Baghdad, along with relations between the Kurdistan Region and the United Arab Emirates were discussed.

They also discussed post-ISIS era and the process of the reconstruction of Iraq.

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Prime Minister Barzani receives EU delegation

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received the European Union Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs Jean-Christophe Belliard, EU Ambassador to Iraq Ramon Blecua, the head of the European Union Office in Erbil, Clarisse Pásztory and their accompanying delegation.

The delegation welcomed the improved relations between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad, and commended the Kurdistan Region for having accommodated and offered assistance to a large number of internally displaced people and refugees.

They expressed their willingness to support Iraq and the Kurdistan Region in various fields and further strengthen bilateral relations.

Prime Minister Barzani thanked the humanitarian and military support provided by a number of the European Union countries to the Kurdistan Region. He also stressed Kurdistan Region’s desire to strengthen relations with the EU countries in various fields.

They also discussed a number of topics related to the situation in Iraq and the wider region, including the threat of the re-emergence of terrorism, coordination between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad to contain this threat, and the ongoing talks between the political parties to form the new cabinet of the Kurdistan Region Government.

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Prime Minister Barzani receives U.S. delegation

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received a U.S delegation, led by U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Peek, and including U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman and U.S. Consul-General to the Kurdistan Region Steven Fagin.

Mr. Peek appreciated the role of Prime Minister Barzani towards solving the issues between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad, which improvement in the relations between the two sides.

The steps towards forming a new cabinet of the Kurdistan Regional Government, bilateral relations, U.S. support and assistance to Iraq and the Kurdistan Region and the threat of the re-emergence of terrorism were discussed.

Prime Minister Barzani thanked the United States for its assistance to the Kurdistan Region, expressing hope for further development of bilateral relations. He also highly valued the activities of the outgoing U.S. ambassador, who visited the Kurdistan Region to bid farewell to Prime Minister Barzani.

Prime Minister Barzani wished Ambassador Silliman success in his future positions.

The latest developments in the region and a number of topics related to the Middle East were discussed in the meeting.

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Statement from the Kurdistan Regional Government

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – The Kurdistan Regional Government issued the following statement on today’s events in Sheladize:

We express our concerns regarding today’s events in Sheladize that resulted in the loss of life and injuries. We express our condolences and sympathy with the families of the victims.

There is a disruptive hand behind these events. The relevant authorities are conducting a thorough investigation and the perpetrators will face justice.

Kurdistan Regional Government
26 January 2019

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Prime Minister Barzani receives Syriac Orthodox leaders

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received a delegation from the Syriac Orthodox religious leaders in Mosul and the Kurdistan Region, headed by His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church and a number of bishops.

The delegation expressed gratitude to the people, government and the Peshmarga forces of the Kurdistan Region for accommodating and protecting Christians in difficult times. They highlighted the historical roots of the Christians in the region and hailed the peaceful coexistence among the various communities in the Kurdistan Region.

Prime Minister Barzani praised the continued tradition of coexistence in the Kurdistan Region and stressed the protection and promotion of religious freedom.

He hoped that the Christians who fled to the Kurdistan Region would not emigrate and remain in their country. He also expressed the Kurdistan Regional Government’s willingness to further develop Syriac education in the Kurdistan Region.

Stability and developments in the wider region were also discussed in the meeting.