Rus­sia and Kur­dis­tan to strengthen ties amid en­ergy talks

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Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Sergey Lavrov hosted Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani in the Rus­sian For­eign Min­istry on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 21, 2013 for dis­cus­sions on bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and the sit­u­a­tion in Iraq and Syria.

In the meet­ing, both sides em­pha­sized the need to strengthen re­la­tions be­tween Rus­sia on the one hand and Iraq and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion on the other.

For­eign Min­is­ter Lavrov echoed Pres­i­dent Putin’s words yes­ter­day that Rus­sia wants to es­tab­lish strong ties with the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion of Iraq.

The two sides also dis­cussed de­vel­op­ments in Syria and the im­pact of this cri­sis on both Iraq and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. Pres­i­dent Barzani said more than 75,000 Syr­ian refugees now re­side in Kur­dis­tan and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Government now sends hu­man­i­tar­ian aid across the bor­der to refugees in Syria. He added that while it is for the Syr­ian peo­ple to de­cide their fu­ture, the rights of Syr­ian Kurds must be re­spected.

Pres­i­dent Barzani and For­eign Min­is­ter Lavrov also talked about eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion, par­tic­u­larly the role of Rus­sian en­ergy com­pa­nies in Kur­dis­tan and Iraq.

Rus­sian Government of­fi­cials wel­come Kur­dish Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani as he ar­rives in Moscow on an of­fi­cial visit, Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 19, 2013.

Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Sergey Lavrov hosted Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani in the Rus­sian For­eign Min­istry on Thurs­day.

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