President Nechirvan Barzani meets with Armenia’s President Sarkissian

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, January 21, 2020

In his meeting with Armenian President Armen Sarkissian , President Nechirvan Barzani discussed ways to strengthen ties with Armenia and spoke about Kurdistan Region’s conducive environment for Armenian investments.

On Tuesday, January 21, Kurdistan Region President met with Armenian President Armen Sarkissian in Davos, Switzerland.

In the meeting, Erbil-Baghdad relations and dialogue to resolve the pending issues, latest developments in the region and the escalation of tension and the importance of restoring peace, and opportunities to further strengthen bilateral relations were discussed.


President Nechirvan Barzani meets with Swedish Foreign Minister Linde

Davos, Switzerland, January 21, 2020

President Nechirvan Barzani expressed gratitude for Sweden’s support to the Kurdistan Region as part of the international coalition against ISIS and the Swedish humanitarian assistance to the refugees and IDPs in the Kurdistan Region. The president also expressed the Kurdistan Region’s willingness to further expand relations with Sweden.

On the sidelines of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Kurdistan Region President met with the Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Lindh, on Tuesday, January 21.

In the meeting, the Kurdistan Region relations with Sweden, the condition of the refugees and the displaced people in the Kurdistan Region and the ways to assist them, the demonstrations and the latest developments in Iraq and the broader region were discussed.

The two sides also spoke about the importance of the efforts by all sides to deescalate tensions, the danger of terror and the necessity of the global coalition’s uninterrupted commitment to confront terror.

The Foreign Minister Linde thanked the Kurdistan Region for its role in confronting terror and protecting and assisting the displaced people, in particulate the religious and ethnic communities.


President Nechirvan Barzani meets UN Special Representative Plasschaert

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, January 13, 2020

President Nechirvan Barzani offered Kurdistan Region’s readiness to help restore peace and stability in Iraq. The President also underlined that the legitimate grievances of the protesters should be recognized and taken into consideration.
In a meeting in Erbil with Ms. Jeanine Hennis- Plasschaert, The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, on Monday January 13, Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani and the UN representative spoke about the recent developments and turmoil in Iraq and the region. The two sides also discussed, among many other issues, the ongoing demonstrations in Iraqi provinces and the danger of the resurgence of terrorism.
The situation in the region and the plans and roadmaps of the United Nations and the international community to support Iraq at this stage, the relations between Erbil and Baghdad and solutions to the outstanding issues through dialogue were also discussed.


President Nechirvan Barzani meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdulmahdi

Erbil, 11 January, 2020

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani and Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdulmahdi reiterated that Iraq should not become a battleground for settling rivalries among regional and international powers. They also emphasized that Iraq’s relations with other countries must be on the bases of mutual interest and respect for the sovereignty of Iraq. They underlined that all sides should work together to prevent further escalation of the situation while restoring peace and stability, and that the interests of Iraq are the priority for all parties.

On Saturday, January 11, the Iraqi caretaker Prime Minister Adil Abdulmahdi arrived in Erbil and was received by President Nechirvan Barzani and they convened a meeting.

In the meeting, the situation in Iraq and the aftermath of the latest events and developments after the start of the new year were discussed. The tensions between the United States and Iran and the ongoing demonstrations in Iraq and the country’s relations with neighboring countries were also put to discussion. The two sides also discussed the pending issues between Baghdad and Erbil and ways to solve the problems.

The president and the prime minister also spoke about the importance of the continuation of international community’s cooperation and support for Iraq and the Kurdistan Region in the war against terrorism. The risk of resurgence of terror and the recent movements of ISIS terrorists in Iraq, especially in the areas between the Peshmarga forces and Iraqi armed forces were also discussed. The two sides also reiterated the significance of cooperation and support between the Peshmarga and the Iraqi army.


President Nechirvan Barzani wishes Christians a Merry Christmas

On the occasion of Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ, I extend my warmest congratulations to our Christian sisters and brothers in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq and to all those who celebrate this holiday. I wish them a peaceful and prosperous holiday and hope that this festivity will bring about peace, stability and prosperity, for everyone.

On this sacred occasion, we reiterate that the Kurdistan Region as always remains the cradle of peaceful coexistence, tolerance and stability for all communities, as it will continue unabated towards peace, serenity and stability in the region.

The Christians in Kurdistan Region are the benefactors and an ancient community who have coexisted with other communities in harmony and peace and played a role in protecting and developing the Kurdistan Region. Their festivities and occasions are also celebrated by all communities in Kurdistan Region.

Merry Christmas to all.

Nechirvan Barzani

Kurdistan Region President


Prime Minister Masrour Barzani receives Italian Minister of Defence

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) – Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Tuesday met an Italian delegation headed by Defence Minister, Lorenzo Guerini.

Recognizing the extensive support of the Italian government to the Kurdistan Region in the fight against the Islamic State, Prime Minister Barzani updated Minister Guerini on the latest developments and threats to the security of Iraq and the Middle East.

Prime Minister Barzani thanked Minister Guerini for his country’s recognition of the sacrifice made by Peshmerga forces. He emphasised the Kurdistan Regional Government’s commitment to cooperating with all partners, including the Iraqi federal government, in fighting the threat of terrorism.

The Italian Minister affirmed his country, as a key member of the Global Coalition against ISIS, will continue to support the Peshmerga and the KRG in protecting the people of the Kurdistan Region and Iraq.

Italy plans to renew its mission in Iraq, which Prime Minister Barzani asserted was critical to sustaining efforts to combat the re-emergence of ISIS and other armed groups. He also expressed the KRG’s desire to further strengthen bilateral ties between the two nations.


Prime Minister Masrour Barzani congratulates UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his election victory

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) – On behalf of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Prime Minister Masrour Barzani today congratulated Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson on securing a historic election victory.

“Many congratulations on your historic election victory. I look forward to working with you to build an ever closer relationship between the United Kingdom and Kurdistan.”


Prime Minister Masrour Barzani’s speech marking Cabinet’s first 100 days in office

We have made a strong start in a short time – but there is much more to be done. People are still unemployed and government still isn’t as efficient as it needs to be to realize our vision.

Our goal is to build a strong Kurdistan. Secure, stable, prosperous. At peace with its neighbors. A reliable ally within the international community.

My ambition is for us to realize that goal – that dream – as a people. And to realize it together.

In recent years our people have suffered – you have proven your courage and you have proven your willingness to endure hardship in the pursuit of a just cause.

You deserve a government that works together – and we are working across parties and ministries to respond to your needs.

You deserve a government that serves you – and that is what we are doing.


President Barzani Receives Leaders of the Kurdish National Council in Syria

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, 2 December 2019

The President of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani met with the leader of the Kurdish National Council in Syria, Saud Mala, and his accompanying delegation.

President Barzani stressed on the importance of unity and joint efforts among the parties and components of Syria. He also reiterated his willingness to offer support towards achieving stability and a peaceful resolution regarding the ongoing issues in the region.

During the meeting, the latest developments in Syria were discussed, especially the effects of the presence of regional and international forces in the region. Both sides agreed on the need for cohesion and acceptance of each other in Syria, stressing on efforts aimed at resolving the security and political issues and establishing peace and stability.

Both leaders voiced their concerns regarding the attempts of demographic change in the region and the behavior of extreme militants from the Syrian opposition.