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Prime Minister Barzani condemns London terrorist attack

In a statement, Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani strongly condemned Saturday’s terrorist attack in London.

Below is the text of Prime Ministr Barzani’s statement:

I strongly condemn the terrorist attack that took place last night in London, which killed and wounded a number of civilians.

I extend my condolences to the families of the victims, the people and the government of the United Kingdom, and wish a speedy recovery for the wounded victims.

Nechirvan Barzani
Prime Minister
Kurdistan Regional Government

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Prime Minister Barzani meets Russian President Putin

Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

President Putin valued the development of ties between the two sides, particularly in the economic field.

Noting that terrorism has become a global issue, President Putin praised the Kurdistan Region for the way it has been conducting the fight against the Islamic State terrorist group, ISIS.

Regarding cooperation in the field of energy, President Putin said that he supports the agreements signed between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Russian oil companies. He expressed his support for further strengthening these relations.

Prime Minister Barzani expressed his appreciation for the warm reception and his pleasure to further developing the relations between Russia and the Kurdistan Region.

He reiterated his government’s support for Russian companies wishing to invest in various fields in the Kurdistan Region.

He also thanked Russian President for his country’s support in the war against ISIS terrorists.

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Prime Minister Barzani and Russian Foreign Minister discuss bilateral relations

Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and his accompanying delegation met Mr. Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister on the sidelines of the second day of Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum.

In the meeting, attended by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, and a number of KRG senior officials, Mr. Lavrov highlighted the relations between the Kurdistan Region and Russia, expressing his country’s willingness to further develop them.

He also discussed the active presence of Russian companies in the Kurdistan Region in the field of energy.

Mr. Lavrov commended the people, the Government and the Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Region for the role they play in confronting and repulsing the threat of the Islamic State terrorist group, ISIS.

He also stressed that all the parties should cooperate in the fight against ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria. In this regard, he commended the coordination between the Peshmerga and Iraqi forces.

He reaffirmed his country’s support for settling the outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad through dialogue.

Prime Minister Barzani expressed his satisfaction with the level of relations between the Kurdistan Region and Russian Federation, and thanked the Russian government for its support in the fight against ISIS.

Prime Minister Barzani stated that despite major challenges and hardship the Kurdistan Region has been going through, it has been able to overcome these difficulties to a large extend.

The Kurdistan Region has, since early 2014, been facing a series of problems, namely Baghdad’s withholding of its annual budget, the war against terrorism, the burden of sheltering and offering assistance to close to two million displaced people and refugees, and the drop in oil price.

Prime Minister Barzani said it is largely expected that the economic situation will gradually improve; the reason why he called for Russian companies to start investing in the Kurdistan Region.

Prime Minister Barzani stressed that the Kurdistan Region has good relations with its neighbors and is looking forward to develp its relations with member countries of the international community, particularly with the Russian Federation.

 

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Prime Minister Barzani and Russian Energy Minister agree to expand ties

Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and  Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novakand agreed to expand relations during a meeting  on the sidelines of St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

In the meeting, Prime Minister Barzani called for further strengthening the relations between the Kurdistan Region and Russian Federation, especially economic ties.  Mr. Barzani said that his government is ready to provide assistance to Russian businesses interested in investing in the Kurdistan Region.

While highlighting  the expansion of relations between Russia and the Kurdistan Region, Minister Novak said that his government encourages Russian compaines to do business in Kurdistan, especially in the oil and gas sector.

Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, Minister of Natural Resources Ashti Hawrami and Government Spokesperson Safeen Dizayee are accompanying Prime Minister Barzani in his visit to Russia.

Russian oil companies Gazprom and Rosneft have invested in the Kurdistan Region’s oil and gas sector.

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Prime Minister Barzani meets the Chairman of Gasprom Neft

On the sidelines of Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, SPIEF, Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and his accompanying delegation met Mr. Alexander Dyukov, Chairman of Gazprom Neft.

Mr. Alexander Dyukov expressed his satisfaction with the progress of Grasprom Naft activities in the Kurdistan Region, expressing his wish to further broaden the company’s work in future.

Prime Minister Barzani expressed his appreciation for Gazprom Neft, which did not stop its operations in the Kurdistan Region during the period when the Region went under terrorist aggression, by the Islamic State terrorist group.

Prime Minister Barzani expressed Kurdistan Regional Government’s willingness for further cooperation with Gazprom Neft to expand its work and activities in various sectors in the Kurdistan Region.

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Prime Minister Barzani condemns the terrorist attack against Egyptian Copts

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – In a statement Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, strongly condemned the terrorist attack against Egyptian Copts and extended condolences to the victims’ families and the Egyptian people and government.

Following is the text of the statement:

I strongly condemn the barbaric terrorist attack against two buses in Egypt’s Minya province, killing 30 Coptic christians and injuring several others, while they were on their way to the church.

We extend our condolences to the families of the victims, and the people and government of Egypt, while wishing prompt recovery for the wounded victims.

At the time when terrorist operations have become recurrent in the world, the international community must confront terrorist groups with further firmness and fight their dark ideology more broadly.

Nechirvan Barzani
Kurdistan Region Prime Minister

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Prime Minister Barzani meets Italian Deputy Foreign Minister

Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, received Mr. Vincenzo Amendola, Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and his accompanying delegation.

In the meeting, also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, Mr. Amendola commended the victories marked by Kurdistan Region military forces, the Peshmerga, in the fight against the Islamic State terrorist group, ISIS.

He also praised the Kurdistan Region for having accommodated and offered assistance to a large number of internally displaced people, who fled ISIS repression.

Mr. Amendola also highlited the cooperation between the Peshmanrga and Italian forces that are stationed in Mosul dam, providing security and protection to the Italian companies in charge of reparing the dam.

While reaffiming his country’s will to continue its support to the Kurdistan Region, Mr. Amendola expressed his government’s desire to further strengtrhen bilateral relations.

Prime Minister Barzani expressed his appreciation for the continuous support of Italy, recalling Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s visit to the Kurdistan Region at the beginning of the fight against ISIS in August 2014, which had tremendous moral support for Kurdistan.

Regarding relations between Baghdad and Erbil, Prime Minister Barzani highlighted the military cooperation between the two sides in the fight against ISIS. He noted, however, cooperation in other fields is almost non-existent, for which he stressed the need for serious talks between the two sides to settle the diffrerences.

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Prime Minister Barzani condemns Manchester terror attack

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – In a statement, Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani strongly condemned Monday’s terrorist attack at a concert in Manchester.

Below is the text of the statement:

I strongly condemn the terror attack that took place at a concert in Manchester on Monday, which killed and wounded a number of civilians. I offer my condolences to the families of the victims, the people and the government of the United Kingdom; I stand in solidarity with them. I wish a speedy recovery for the wounded victims.

The continued terrorist attacks in various places across the world require stronger counter-terrorism measures, greater cooperation and coordination of the international community in order to defeat and eradicate terror and its ideology.

I hope that the United Kingdom and the world will not experience another terroris act.

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Prime Minister Barzani’s statement on the passing of Nawshirwan Mustafa

Family and friends of Mr. Nawshirwan Mustafa,
Members of Gorran Movement,

I extend my sincere condolences to Mr. Nawshirwan Mustafa’s family, friends and the Gorran (Change) Movement. I share your pain and grief. May the almighty rest his soul in peace.

It is my hope to see the Gorran Movement and supporters of Mr. Nawshirwan Mustafa continue to serve Kurdistan and our people’s common interests.
Nechirvan Barzani
Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region
May 19, 2017

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Prime Minister Barzani meets US Special Presidential Envoy

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received the US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, Brett McGurk, and his accompanying delegation, including the US Ambassador to Iraq and the US Consul General in Erbil.

The delegation commended the Kurdistan Regional Government and the achievements of the Peshmerga in countering the Islamic State terrorist group, ISIS, and for coordination between the Peshmerga and Iraqi security forces in the military operation to liberate Mosul. Mr. McGurk praised the people and the Government of the Kurdistan Region in accomodating and assisting a large number of displaced people. He emphasized his country will continue its military and humanitarian support to the Kurdistan Region.

Regarding the political situation in the Kurdistan Region, the visiting delegation expressed support for any step that would lead to stability, and the continuation of dialogue between the political parties.

Prime Minister Barzani expressed appreciation for the support of the US in assisting to resolve the outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad. He also expressed the desire to further relations between Erbil and Washington.

Prime Minister Barzani said that the Kurdistan Region has sheltered a large number of IDPs fleeing terrorism, and that about 35,000 casualties from the military operation to liberate Mosul have been treated in the Kurdistan Region. However, he said, support from Baghdad has been markedly inadequate.

On the internal political situation, Prime Minister Barzani stressed that serious talks are underway among the Kurdistan Region’s political parties to resolve internal issues.