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President of the Kurdistan Region Issues a Message on the Occasion of Eid Al-Adha

President Barzani issued the following message on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha

On the occasion of Eid Al-Adha, I extend my warmest congratulations to the families of martyrs, Anfal Genocide victims, our gallant Peshmergas, our pilgrims and all Muslims in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq and all the world. I hope this Eid will bring happiness and good blessings to everyone.

All ethnic and religious groups of the Kurdistan Region have used Eids and occasions as a means to renew their commitment to the values of coexistence, tolerance and harmony and to portray the high values of our culture. I hope this Eid and the upcoming ones will deepen and protect this culture and the human values, and strengthen harmony and cooperation for a better future for all.

I urge everyone to cooperate in complying with the traffic instructions, help in safeguarding citizens and guests, conserving the environment and the nature of Kurdistan.

Once again, happy Eid Al-Adha to everyone.

Nechirvan Barzani
President of the Kurdistan Region

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Safeen Dizayee takes office as the New Head of KRG Department of Foreign Relations

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (dfr.gov.krd) – In a meeting with the senior Kurdistan Regional Government officials at the KRG Department of Foreign Relations on Sunday 21 July, Minister Safeen Dizayee assumed office as the new Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations, taking over from former Minister and Head of DFR, Falah Mustafa.

The meeting included Shaban Shaban Chali, Chief of staff to the Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, Dr. Omed Sabah, Chief of staff to the Council of Ministers, and Dr. Amanj Raheem, Secretary of the Council of Ministers, Ms. Siham Mamand, Assistant Head of DFR, and DFR’s senior advisors and directors.

Falah Mustafa, former Minister and Head of DFR, congratulated the attendees on joining the new government and thanked all the associates who have stood by him over the past 13 years. He congratulated Minister Safeen Dizayee on taking office as the new Head of the KRG DFR, and wished him success in serving the people.

Minister Dizayee commended Falah Mustafa’s many achievements over years of service to the people and government of Kurdistan and his success in strengthening relations between the KRG and foreign governments during his tenure. He asked the DFR staff to draw up appropriate plans for expanding the KRG’s foreign relations.

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New KRG Prime Minister Promises to Strengthen the Region and Introduce Widespread Reforms following Inauguration

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) – The Kurdistan Parliament has confirmed Mr Masrour Barzani’s appointment as Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), together with the ministerial cabinet.

Following his inauguration, Prime Minister Barzani vowed to make Kurdistan stronger, improve ties with Baghdad and diversify the region’s economy.

The Prime Minister said: “After working since September 2018 to put together a truly inclusive government, my commitment now is to work together with every party and every part of our nation to build a strong KRG that serves the people, not the other way around. We cannot succeed in building a strong government if we allow petty divisions and small disagreements to drive us apart.”

The Prime Minister called for further progress in developing a stable and constructive partnership with Iraq’s federal government.

“Erbil and Baghdad both want security and prosperity, built on a foundation of mutual respect and cooperation,” he said. “This will include securing our rightful share of government revenue, by settling once and for all the division of revenue formula that determines the annual budget allocation for Kurdistan.”

Concerning Kurdistan’s economy, Prime Minister Barzani highlighted the region’s over-reliance on oil and gas, and promised to overhaul the public sector.

“We must ensure our government serves the people of Kurdistan in a fully transparent and accountable manner,” he said. “This will include securing the public finances to pay down our debts, introducing regulatory reforms that allow businesses to thrive, attracting more foreign investment and enabling the development of new infrastructure.”

The Prime Minister called on the international community to support Kurdistan’s new government and its reform programme, while helping to protect the region’s status as a haven for persecuted and displaced people.

“Today, around 1.25 million internally displaced people from elsewhere in Iraq live in Kurdistan, alongside almost 275,000 refugees from neighbouring countries,” he commented. “We hope our friends and allies will continue offering their support to Kurdistan, as we remain a haven of tolerance in an uncertain part of the world.”
For more information about the KRG’s new cabinet, visit https://gov.krd/government/the-cabinet/.

Please direct media enquiries to media@gov.krd

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Nechirvan Barzani Discusses the Developments in the Area with Emmanuel Macron

President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron expressed his country’s support for the Kurdistan Region, and expressed his delight to see relations between Erbil and Iraq has improved, also the discussion for resolving the issues between the Kurdistan Region and the Federal Government of Iraq is continued.

On Wednesday July 10, 2019, the President of French Republic Emmanuel Macron received the President of Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani.
In the meeting, the two sides discussed latest security developments in the area, relations and issues between Erbil – Baghdad and the efforts to resolving the issues in accordance to the Iraqi Constitution, the condition of refugees in the Kurdistan Region and ways of assisting their return to their homes.

President Macron expressed France’s appreciation to the Kurdistan Region for fighting against terrorists and providing asylum for refugees and displaced persons , and protecting religious and ethnic groups. He reiterated France’s support for the Kurdistan Region within the framework of the European Union and the United Nations.

On his side, President Barzani expressed his appreciation for France’s political, military and humanitarian support, and he underlined the significant role of President Macron in supporting the Kurdistan Region politically and diplomatically in difficult days, which resulted in initiation of talks with Baghdad for resolving issues.

The Kurdistan Region President presented a brief on Kurdistan Region and Iraq’s condition, and reaffirmed protecting and promoting the culture of coexistence and tolerance among religious and ethnic groups in the Kurdistan Region.

Investment opportunities for French companies in the Kurdistan Region, strengthening commercial and economic ties between the Kurdistan Region and Iraq with France, Syria’s situation, and the risks of terrorism resurgence were all discussed.

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President of the Kurdistan Region tasks Masrour Barzani to form the new KRG cabinet

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – President of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani has tasked Masrour Barzani, as Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, to form the ninth ministerial cabinet, in the presence of the Speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament Ms. Vala Farid and the Head of the Judicial Council of the Kurdistan Region Judge Bangin Qasim.

It was proceeded by regional executive decree no. 1 (2019) and under the provisions of paragraph 12 of article 10 of the amended Law of Presidency of Kurdistan Region no.1 (2005), supported by parliamentary decision no. 7 of 2019.

According to the regional decree, the process of the formation of the ministerial cabinet must not exceed 30 days from the date of this decree, signed on Wednesday, 12 June 2019.

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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.