Italy’s new am­bas­sador vis­its Kur­dis­tan

Italy’s ex­port credit agency signs agree­ment with Kur­dis­tan In­ter­na­tional Bank

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL -

Italy’s new am­bas­sador to Iraq last week vis­ited the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion for the first time and met Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani. He came with a del­e­ga­tion from SACE, Italy’s ex­port credit and project fi­nance agency.

Pres­i­dent Barzani and Am­bas­sador Mas­simo Mar­roti, who ar­rived from Bagh­dad, dis­cussed bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and ex­plored ways to fur­ther strengthen ties. Their meet­ing fo­cused on the on­go­ing po­lit­i­cal chal­lenges fac­ing Iraq, re­la­tions be­tween Italy and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, and the cri­sis in Syria.

Am­bas­sador Marotti said that Italy at­taches great im­por­tance to its re­la­tions with the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and wants to fur­ther strengthen co­op­er­a­tion in ed­u­ca­tion, cul­ture, and trade. He added that the Ital­ians cur­rently work­ing in Kur­dis­tan are very sat­is­fied with the co­op­er­a­tion they re­ceive at both pub­lic and pri­vate lev­els in Kur­dis­tan and act as am­bassa- dors of Kur­dis­tan in Italy.

The Ital­ian am­bas­sador also said that Italy plans to up­grade its diplo­matic pres­ence in Er­bil to a full con­sulate gen­eral by the end of this year.

Pres­i­dent Barzani said that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Government (KRG) is equally keen to ex­pand bi­lat­eral re­la­tions with Italy and it will pro­vide all kinds of as­sis­tance for Ital­ian busi­nesses and in­vestors in­ter­ested in work­ing in Kur­dis­tan.

Am­bas­sador Marotti also met the Head of For­eign Re­la­tions Min­is­ter Falah Mustafa. He was ac­com­pa­nied by Mr Si­mone de Santi, the Head of the Ital­ian con­sular of­fice in Er­bil.

In his meet­ing with the am­bas­sador, Min­is­ter Mustafa said, "We at­tached much im­por­tant to our ties with Italy and are pleased with the level of en­gage­ment across key sec­tors."

Am­bas­sador Marotti said, "We will be work­ing to ex­pand the Ital­ian Em­bassy Of­fice in Er­bil into a full-fledged Con­sulate Gen­eral to en­sure we can pro­vide in-house con­sular ser­vices and pro­mote trade, cul­ture and eco­nomic ini­tia­tives."

Dur­ing the visit, SACE, Italy’s ex­port credit agency, and Kur­dis­tan In­ter­na­tional Bank, the re­gion’s largest pri­vate bank, signed an agree­ment to sup­port in­vest­ments and trade re­la­tions and to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion in ex­port credit. The par­ties made a com­mit­ment to or­ga­nize tech­ni­cal train­ing pro­grams, work­shops and sem­i­nars aimed at pro­mot­ing the use of suit­able in­surance and fi­nan­cial in­stru­ments. The sign­ing cer­e­mony was at­tended by the Pres­i­dent’s Chief of Staff Dr Fuad Hus­sein, Plan­ning Min­is­ter Ali Sindi, Gov­er­nor of Er­bil Nawzad Hadi, and KRG Spokesman Safeen Diza­yee.

The am­bas­sador, Mr Si­mone and the SACE rep­re­sen­ta­tives met Ital­ian com­pa­nies al­ready op­er­at­ing or in­ter­ested in do­ing busi­ness here, and par­tic­i­pated in an Italy-Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Busi­ness Lun­cheon with Kur­dish and Ital­ian com­pa­nies. He also met Min­is­ter for the In­te­rior Karim Sin­jari and other government of­fi­cials.

Kur­dish Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani meets with Italy's new Am­bas­sador to Iraq Mas­simo Mar­roti and Si­mone de Santi, the Head of the Ital­ian con­sular of­fice in Er­bil, Sala­haddin, March 9, 2013.

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