Kurdistan Region President Receives Foreign Minister of Russian Federation

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, 07 October 2019

President Nechirvan Barzani received Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov..
President Barzani conveyed his appreciation to President Vladimir Putin and Russia for supporting the Kurdistan Region during difficult times. He also thanked Minister Lavrov and considered his visit as a sign of support for the Kurdistan Region.

President Barzani also expressed his concern with the situation of Kurds in Syria and requested Minister Lavrov’s cooperation to work with the international community and help protect the rights of Kurds in Syria.

During the meeting, Minister Lavrov stressed Russia’s continued support for the Kurdistan Region and welcomed the improved relations between Erbil-Baghdad and continued dialogue aimed at resolving outstanding issues in accordance with the Iraqi Constitution.

Minister Lavrov also expressed his appreciation to the Kurdistan Region for providing investment opportunities to Russian private sector companies in the Region, especially in the energy sector. He also confirmed that his country will continue to support and aid the Kurdistan Region and Iraq against terrorism.

Both sides discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations,, the latest developments in the region, threats of terrorist resurgence in Iraq and the wider region, and the Kurdistan Region’s relations with neighboring countries.

The meeting was also attended by the Vice Presidents of the Kurdistan Region and officials from the Kurdistan Regional Government.

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