Barzani holds high-level meet­ing with world lead­ers in Davos

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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.”

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