Kur­dis­tan econ­omy booms

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New report shows that eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion of KRG has im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly, and the re­gion is at­tract­ing many in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies.

Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin re­ceived Pres­i­dent Barzani in Moscow on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 21, 2013 for dis­cus­sions on strength­en­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and to build on the his­toric friend­ship that ex­ists be­tween the peo­ple of Rus­sia and the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan.

The meet­ing fo­cused on eco­nomic and cul­tural co­op­er­a­tion as well as on the role of Rus­sian com­pa­nies in the re­con­struc­tion process in both Kur­dis­tan and Iraq.

Both sides reaf­firmed that the his­toric friend­ship be­tween the peo­ples of Rus­sia and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion of Iraq must be fur­ther strength­ened. Pres­i­dent Barzani said that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion is com­mit­ted to the Iraqi Con­sti­tu­tion and, as part of Iraq, it strives to reach out to the out­side world for mu­tual ben­e­fit and co­op­er­a­tion.

For his part, Pres­i­dent Putin stated that he is aware of the strug­gle of the Kur­dish peo­ple and of the strug­gle of Mulla Mustafa Barzani, Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani’s late fa­ther, who in the 1950s lived in ex­ile in Moscow for sev­eral years.

Pres­i­dent Barzani, to­gether with a high-level Kur­dis­tan Re­gion del­e­ga­tion, ar­rived in Moscow on Tues­day on an of­fi­cial two-day visit, where he is also due to meet For­eign Min­is­ter Lavrov and other Rus­sian government of­fi­cials.

Dur­ing his stay in Moscow, the Pres­i­dent also vis­ited the head­quar­ters of the oil and gas com­pany Gazprom and met with the Chair­man of the Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee, Alexey Miller. The meet­ing fo- cused on es­tab­lish­ing a long-term part­ner­ship be­tween Gazprom and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Government that will in­clude co­op­er­a­tion on en­ergy and power. Both sides said that this co­op­er­a­tion will ben­e­fit all of Iraq.

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