Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Mr. Stefan Löfven, Swedish Prime Minister and his accompanying delegation.
In the meeting, attended also by Kurdistan Regional Government Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani and a number of ministers and senior officials, Prime Minister Barzani expressed his gratitude to the Swedish government for its humanitarian assistance and providing training and military expertise to the Peshmerga forces.
He also discussed the cooperation between the Peshmerga, Iraqi army and the coalition forces in the ongoing operation to liberate the city of Mosul. He stressed that the future of the political process in Iraq and the post-ISIS administration of Mosul, are as important as the liberation of the city itself.
He stressed that Iraq needs a serious dialogue on its future and coexistence among its communities.
Prime Minister Löfven commended the Peshmerga forces for the victories they achieved against the ISIS terrorists, stressing that Sweden will continue its assistance to the Kurdistan Region.
He reaffirmed the importance of dialogue between Iraq and the Kurdistan Region on the post-Mosul-liberation era.
Deputy Prime Minister Talabani discussed the political process in Iraq and the issue of the internally displaced people, fleeing Mosul and other parts of Iraq to the Kurdistan Region.
While he thanked the Swedish government for its assistance, he stressed the importance of the continuation of international aid to the Kurdistan Region after the defeat of ISIS.
Deputy Prime Minister Talabani expressed his government’s concern that after the liberation of Mosul, the international community may not continue its aid to the refugees and IDPs as needed.
Prime Minister Löfven affirmed that providing assistance to refugees is an international issue, and hoped that the international community will deal seriously with this issue in the Kurdistan Region.