Kur­dis­tan re­gion Pres­i­dent Barzani Meets French For­eign Min­istry Of­fi­cial

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani to­day met with di­rec­tor of Mid­dle East and North Africa at the French For­eign Min­istry, Mr. Jean-François Gi­rault.

The meet­ing be­tween the Pres­i­dent and the French of­fi­cial fo­cused on bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, the hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion of Syr­ian refugees in Kur­dis­tan, the im­pact of Syr­ian con­flict on Iraq, and dis­putes be­tween Er­bil and Bagh­dad over budget and en­ergy ex­ports.

Mr. Gir­laut hailed the sta­bil­ity and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ments in Kur­dis­tan and added that this progress in such a volatile and prob­lem­atic re­gion is re­mark­able. He ex­pressed his hope that the up­com­ing Iraqi par­lia­men­tary elec­tions would lead to a res­o­lu­tion of the prob­lems fac­ing the coun­try.

Pres­i­dent Barzani said his is pleased with the sta­tus of the KRG re­la­tions with France and hoped that these ties will con­tinue to grow.

On dis­putes be­tween Bagh­dad and Er­bil, the Pres­i­dent said that the source of the prob­lems in Iraq is lack of ad­her­ence to the con­sti­tu­tion and mo­nop­o­liza­tion of power. As a re­sult, he said, Iraq is far from a proper state, and its people suf­fer from lack of se­cu­rity and lack of ba­sic ser­vices.

The Pres­i­dent ex­pressed his hope that af­ter the new elec­tions in April, there would be prospects for the res­o­lu­tion of the prob­lems fac­ing Iraq.

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