Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Dutch Prime Minister, Mr. Mark Rutte, accompanied by a military and diplomatic delegation.
Prime Minister Rutte praised the role of the Kurdistan Region Peshmerga forces in the fight against terrorism, reaffirming that his country would continue its military support to the Peshmerga forces.
He also commended the people and government of the Kurdistan Region for having accommodated a very large number of displaced people fleeing the violence of Islamic State terrorist organisation, ISIS. He stressed that his country is trying, along with all European countries to obtain further humanitarian aid to the Region.
Prime Minister Rutte expressed his hope for the development of relations between the two sides in various fields, particularly in the agricultural sector, noting that the Dutch consulate can play an important role in this regard.
Prime Minister Barzani thanked Prime Minister Rutte and his delegation for their visit and expressed his gratitude for their country’s humanitarian and military support to the Kurdistan Region.
He discussed the current challenges facing the Kurdistan Region, including the war against terrorism, accommodation of very large numbers of displaced people and refugees, and a severe financial crisis. The Kurdistan Region, he said, expects from its friendly countries to help overcome these problems.
Prime Minister Barzani pointed out that with the start of the Mosul liberation military operations, it is expected that a large number of civilians will flee the city and take refuge in the Kurdistan Region. Offering assistance to further large numbers of displaced people, he said, is beyond the Kurdistan Regional Government’s capacity. He called for an increase in the humanitarian aid provided by the international community to the Region.
Prime Minister Barzani expressed his government’s willingness to develop bilateral relations in all the fields, particularly in the agricultural sector.
The two sides also exchanged views on relations between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad. Prime Minister Barzani reiterated his position that all the outstanding issues with Baghdad should be resolved through dialogue.