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Prime Minister Barzani and German Foreign Minister discuss bilateral relations

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received the German Foreign Minister, Mr. Sigmar Gabriel, and his accompanied delegation.

The visiting delegation commended the role of the Peshmerga forces in the fight against Islamic State terrorist organisation, ISIS, and praised the people and government of the Kurdistan Region for having accommodated, protected and provided services to a large number of internally displaced people, including welcoming persecuted religious and ethnic communities.

Minister Gabriel valued the peaceful religious coexistence which prevail in the Kurdistan Region.

Reiterating the continuation of his country’s military and humanitarian support, Minister Gabriel stressed that they seek to strengthen cooperation in various fields between Germany and Kurdistan Region.

Prime Minister Barzani expressed his government’s appreciation for the German Government’s humanitarian and military support. He expressed the Kurdistan Regional Government’s willingness to strengthen relations and cooperation.

Regarding relations between Baghdad and Erbil, Prime Minister Barzani highlighted the military cooperation between the two sides against ISIS. He noted, however, serious cooperation in other fields is almost non-existent, a matter in which the international community may play a role.

Regarding the referendum for self-determination, Prime Minister Barzani stressed that it is a natural right of the people of Kurdistan. In the meantime, he reaffirmed that the Kurdistan Region’s people and political parties do not believe in obtaining their rights through violence, but through serious dialogue where the international community can play a role.

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KRG Council of Ministers Easter message to Christians

We extend our best wishes for Easter to our Christian sisters and brothers in the Kurdistan Region and the world, particularly to those who, like other ethnic and religious communities, were forced to leave their places of origin and become displaced people, as the result of the emergence of terrorism.

We wish them a peaceful festive celebration. We hope that we will all celebrate future festive occasions together where final victory against terrorism is achieved and peace and stability prevailed.

On this holy occasion, we reiterate that Kurdistan Region’s people and government will remain the protector of the culture of tolerance and coexistence, reflecting Kurdistan people’s old principles and traditions of which they are proud. We will never allow, under any circumstances, the foundations of this culture be destabilized.

Kurdistan will remain the umbrella under which all the ethnic and religious communities are protected. Our Peshmerga forces will defend all the communities equally.

Once again, we wish our Christian brothers and sisters a peaceful Easter and hope that the displaced Christians will mark the coming future festive occasions with dignity and respect in their places of origin.

Council of Ministers
Kurdistan Region

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KRG statement on the 29th anniversary of Anfal campaign

Today April 14th 2017 marks 29th anniversary of the so-called Anfal campaign during which former chauvinist Baath regime carried out a systematic genocide attack against Kurdistan and its people.

In a series of brutal military attacks that targeted the civilians of Kurdistan region, nearly 182,000 were martyred, then their remains were buried in mass graves in Iraq’s southern deserts. In addition to looting and destroying thousands of villages, the campaign left large areas of Kurdistan in ruins.

Since the fall of the Baathist regime, one of the top priorities of the Kurdistan Regional Government has been finding those mass graves and bringing back remains of Anfal victims to the homeland. In addition to that, the KRG has been striving to serve and improve the living conditions of the families of the victims of Anfal.  It is very disappointing that Iraqi government, after the fall of the Baathist regime, have been failing to provide help and support to the families of victims.

As we commemorate the notorious Anfal campaign today, our people have recently faced another genocidal campaign by the so-called Islamic State terrorist organization. However, the people of Kurdistan are close record another major victory against yet another inhumane campaign. Although the aim of the latest terrorist attacks on our Yezidi brethren and other ethnic and religious groups were similar to the Anfal campaign, Kurdistan military forces, the Peshmerga, with the help of the international coalition forces have dealt major blows to terrorists.

Distinguished people of Kurdistan,

Whatever plans of enemies such as Baathist regime, ISIS and their likes are, the brave Peshmergas and security forces, supported by the resilience and unity of political factions and Kurdistanis from all walks of life, will always remain as a fortresses in protecting our nation. Moreover, the people of Kurdistan are no longer alone, but they have strong friends and allies in the region and across the world.

We believe that the unity and cooperation among all political parties and civil society, will be the strongest deterrence against any potential threat against our nation and land.

Just as after the fall of the Baath regime, when a strong, united and inclusive government in Kurdistan had let to prosperity, now as we approach the post-ISIS phase, all political groups and factions of Kurdistan are responsible to pave the way for unity and harmony, as well as participate in creating a promising future for our people in Kurdistan.

We once again extend our condolences to the families of victims of Anfal campaign and all martyrs of Kurdistan.
Council of Ministers
Kurdistan Regional Government

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Prime Minister Barzani and Iraq’s Foreign Minister discuss regional situation

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Iraqi Foreign Minister Dr. brahim Al-Jaafari and his accompanying delegation.

Dr. Al-Jaafari stressed the need for continued coordination and cooperation between Baghdad and Erbil, noting that such cooperation has achieved victories against the so-called Islamic State terrorist group, ISIS.

Prime Minister Barzani reaffirmed Kurdistan Region’s policy to protect Iraq and the region against the threat of terrorism, jointly with the Iraqi federal army.

Regarding the relations between Baghdad and Erbil, Prime Minister Barzani stressed the need to settle the outstanding issues through dialogue and mutual understanding.

The two sides also discussed regional political development.

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Prime Minister Barzani condemns Sunday’s terrorist attack in Egypt

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – In a statement, Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani strongly condemned the terrorist attacks, which targeted two Coptic churches in Egypt, killing and injuring a number of people.

Following is Prime Minister Barzani’s statement:

“I strongly condemn the terrorist attacks which targeted two churches in Tanta and Alexandria in northern Egypt, killing and injuring a number of civilians and members of security forces. I deeply share the grief of the families of the victims and the government and people of Egypt.

The people of Kurdistan suffered greatly from terrorism, and understand the suffering of the families of the victims, the people and government of Egypt. They stand in solidarity with them.

The continued increase in terrorist attacks in various places across the world indicates an alarming and a dangerous precedent that require stronger counterterrorism measures, greater cooperation and coordination from the international community in order to eradicate and defeat terror.”

Nechirvan Barzani
Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region
10 April 2017

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Prime Minister Barzani condemns Friday’s terror act in Sweden

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, in a statement on Saturday, strongly condemns Friday’s terrorist attack in Stockholm that killed and wounded several civilians.

Below is the statement:

I strongly condemn yesterday’s terrorist attack by a truck in a busy street in Stockholm city centre that resulted in several civilians being killed and wounded. I express my condolences and share the grief of the families of the victims and of the Swedish people and government and I wish a speedy recovery for the wounded victims.

At a time when terrorists are losing at battlefields, they try their best to increase their cowardly attacks anywhere in the world. Yesterday’s terrorist act in Stockholm and similar attacks elsewhere, reinforce the need for a broader counterterrorism campaign and a stronger international cooperation to deter and defeat terror and terrorists.

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KRG statement on the use of chemical weapon in Syria and the US response

The people of Kurdistan Region has greatly suffered in the hands of the former deposed Baath regime. One of the most dreadful sufferings was the use of chemical weapon against the town of Halabja, where in few seconds, five thousand people died. If at that time, the international community had not chosen to stay silent and had taken the required measures vis-à-vis the attack, such crimes would not have happened again.

A few days ago, chemical weapons were used against civilian population in Idlib in Syria. This crime reminds us of all the sufferings inflicted upon the people of Kurdistan in late 1980s. We strongly condemn this crime and share the grief of the families of the victims.

In order to prevent the recurrence of such crime, the international community must take a serious stance. We hope that the measures taken by the US forces in Syria will prevent such crimes from being committed again.

In the Meantime, we hope that serious efforts are exerted to find swift solutions for the upheaval which has embraced the Middle East.

Council of Ministers
Kurdistan Region
7 April 2017

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Prime Minister Barzani: We stand in solidarity with the people and government of Russia

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – In a statement, Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, strongly condemned the terrorist attack which occurred yesterday at Saint Petersburg metro station.

Following is the text of the statement:

With great sadness, a number of people were killed and injured in a terrorist attack in a metro station in Saint Petersburg yesterday. We strongly condemn this terrorist attack, present our sincere condolences to the families of the victims and to the Russian people and government, and wish a prompt recovery for the injured.

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.

The people of Kurdistan understand the pain caused by terrorism as they are in the forefront confronting it.

Wherever such terrorist act occurs, it must motivate further the international community to develop better coordination in order to eradicate terrorism all over the world.

Once again, we express our sorrow and share the pain of the families of the victims and of the Russian people and government.

Nechirvan Barzani,
Kurdistan Region Prime Minister

4 April 2017

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KRG Prime Minister condemns London terror attack

In a statement, the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan Barzani condemned the terror attack that took place in London on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017. Below is the text of the statement:
“I strongly condemn the terror attack that took place near the British Parliament in the center of London on Wednesday. I offer my condolences to the families of the victims, the people and government of the United Kingdom and wish the injured speedy recovery.

The people of Kurdistan are in the forefront of the fight against terror and understand the wounds and pain caused by terrorism. It, therefore, stands with and sympathizes with the United Kingdom. This terror attack is yet another reminder that the international community needs more impetus to fight terrorism everywhere. It also needs further cooperation in this regard.
We reiterate our heartfelt sympathy with the families of the victims and solidarity with the United Kingdom”.
Nechirvan Barzani
Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region
March 22nd, 2017

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Prime Minister Barzani meets Sweden’s Deputy Prime Minister

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani met with Sweden’s Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lovin and her accompanying delegation.

In the meeting, attended by Kurdistan Region Deputy Prime Minister and a number of KRG ministers, the Swedish leader commended the Kurdistan Region for sheltering and providing services for nearly two million refugees and internally displaced people.

She reiterated her country’s humanitarian and military support to the Kurdistan Region and stated that Sweden will also provide support to the areas recently liberated from the so-called Islamic State terrorist group.

The Swedish leader was briefed on the reforms undertaken by the Kurdistan Regional Government, including measures taken to strengthen the private sector.