Prime Ministers of KRG and Turkey stress to further develop bilateral ties

Erbil, Kurdistan region, Iraq ( – Kurdistan regional Government Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani met with Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yildirm and his accompanying delegation, comprising of a number of ministers and senior officials.

At the meeting, attended by KRG Deputy Prime Minister, Qubad Talabani and a number of ministers and senior officials, the visiting delegation stressed the continuation of consultation meetings between Turkey and Iraq in general and Turkey and the Kurdistan Region in particular.

The delegation pointed to issues of mutual interests, including the fight against the Islamic State terrorist organization, and the stability and security of Kurdistan Region and Turkey.

The delegation also discussed the ongoing military operation to liberate the city of Mosul, expressing their concern regarding the presence of forces of Turkey’s Kurdistan Workers Party in Sinjar region.

The two sides also agreed that bilateral relations, in all the fields, should be further developed.

Prime Minister Barzani expressed his appreciation for the humanitarian support that Turkey provided to the Kurdistan Region.

He expressed his hope to further develop bilateral relations. Discussing KRG’s current reform campaign, Prime Minister Barzani noted that Turkey can provide expertise to the health sector in Kurdistan Region.

Resuming the works of a joint committee, established to support boosting bilateral relations, and further development of cooperation in the field of energy were also discussed in the meeting.

Turkish Prime Minister arrived in Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan Region, in the early hours of Sunday.  After holding talks with the Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani and KRG senior officials, he concluded his visit Sunday night.

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