Ash­ton to visit the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion soon

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Zakaria Muhammed

The High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Union for For­eign Af­fairs and Se­cu­rity Pol­icy for the Euro­pean Union, Cather­ine Ash­ton, in­tends to visit the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and meet with the Pres­i­dent of the KRG, Mas­soud Barzani.

A state­ment is­sued on Thurs­day June 13 by the KRG said that the Re­gion's Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the EU, Dlawar Azh­gayee, had vis­ited the For­eign Pol­icy Af­fairs Of­fice of the Euro­pean Union in Brus­sels and met with the head of the Mid­dle East and North Africa Of­fice and the di­rec­tor of the Iran, Iraq and Gulf port­fo­lio.

The state­ment pointed out that the meet­ing cov­ered a num­ber of is­sues of com­mon in­ter­est, but did not state the date on which Ash­ton is to visit the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

Ac­cord­ing to Azh­gayee, the main topics dis­cussed at the meet­ing with the EU of­fi­cials were the recog­ni­tion of the Kur­dish geno­cide by the Euro­pean Union, en­ergy is­sues, and the in­flow of Syr­ian refugees into Kur­dis­tan. “We asked the EU to pay closer at­ten­tion to the Syr­ian refugees, some 140,000 of whom are now be­lieved to be in Kur­dis­tan. In re­turn, the EU of­fi­cials re­it­er­ated that the EU For­eign Of­fice will take a se­ri­ous look at the is­sue”, Azh­gayee told the Globe

Turn­ing to the EU’s in­ten­tion to sign an en­ergy agree­ment with the Iraqi Gov­ern­ment, Azh­gayee said the KRG would wel­come any en­ergy agree­ment, just so long as it is within the frame­work of the Iraqi Con­sti­tu­tion and is in the in­ter­ests of all the com­po­nents of Iraqi.

Cather­ine Ash­ton, High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Union for For­eign Af­fairs and Se­cu­rity Pol­icy.

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