Erbil, Kurdistan Region, February 10, 2020
On Monday February 10, Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani received Iraq’s Foreign Minister Muhammad Ali al-Hakeem in Erbil, Kurdistan Region.
In the meeting, the president and the foreign minister discussed the latest developments in Iraq as well as the ongoing demonstrations in the Iraqi capital Baghdad and other provinces. They also shed light on the legitimate demands of the protesters for basic services, better future and decent living-standards. The two sides also spoke about the violent handling of the protesters and reiterated the need to seriously bring an end to the violence against demonstrators and to address their grievances.
President Barzani and Foreign Minister Al-Hakeem emphasized the need to resolve the pending issues and to deescalate the tensions in Iraq as well as restoring peace and stability in the country and bringing the political process back to the right path.
The dangers of terror resurgence and ISIS movements in several Iraqi areas and the importance of the international coalition’s role in assisting Iraq and the Kurdistan Region in countering terrorism were also put to discussion. The president and the foreign minister also spoke about the efforts aimed at forming the incoming Iraqi cabinet and the situation in the wider region.