Barzani holds high-level meeting with world leaders in Davos
Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani attended two high-level discussion sessions at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. One on the events in Middle East and North Africa and the other on Syria war and their impacts on the region in general.
Barzani also met with the Premiers of Georgia and Holland, and the foreign ministers of Turkey, France and Sweden. They mostly focused on improving bilateral relations as well as stressed on the security challenges facing Iraq, in particular, Syria and the region, in general.
In addition, Barzani shed light on the plight of the Syrian refugees who have poured into Kurdistan Region. He focused more on international assistance for the refugees. It is worth mentioning that the number of the Syrian refugees in Kurdistan is estimated to be around 250, 000.
Regarding the ongoing conflicts in Syria, he stressed that the military solution is not the way to resolve the disputes, rather the only solution is a political settlement can lead to a resolution.
In their meeting, Barzani and the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, emphasized on close cooperation and both hoped that the mutual relations will become increasingly improved.
The French Minister said that he is very delighted with his country’s bilateral relations with Kurdistan. On his part, Barzani said that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) s equally pleased with the relationship. He officially invited Laurent Fabius to visit Erbil, capital of Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
President Barzani and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held a meeting, and they mainly discussed enhancing the bilateral relations and the dialogue currently ongoing between KRG and Iraqi federal government to reach an agreement on the subjects of oil and gas exports through Turkey.
Barzani and Davutoglu expressed their hope that both Erbil and Baghdad can very soon make a deal on the issue that is also in the interest of Iraq in general.
On the sidelines of the forum, Barzani also met with the President of Exxon Mobil Corporation, Rex Tilerson, and Chevron’s VP for Busi- ness Development, Jay Pryor. Chevron’s VP expressed his gratitude the KRG for its close cooperation with the company. He briefed Barzani about his company’s activities and the progress of their work in Kurdistan Region.
Barzani also addressed a special meeting of the foreign Affairs Committee in the EU Parliament in Brussels. He gave a speech and shed light on the recent political and security developments in Iraq, in Kurdistan and the region as whole.
Barzani drew the at- tention of the MEPs to the oppressions that Kurdistan residents suffered under the consecutive Iraqi regimes. He called on the EU Parliament to express solidarity and strong support to seek recognition of the crimes against the Kurdish people in Iraq as crimes of genocide.
He said, “We would like you to show solidarity with the rights of the people of Kurdistan. We also call on you to expend all your efforts to recognize the genocide against our people.”