President Barzani meets President Hollande
Kurdish President tours Europe
As part of his European tour’s agenda, the Kurdistan Region’s President Massoud Barzani met on Friday 23rd May his French counterpart Francoise Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris.
According to Minister Falah Mustafa, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), who accompanies the President to Europe and attended the Elysee meeting, the main topics of the discussions were the Syrian crisis, the future of Iraq and the formation of the new government.
Minister Mustafa also added that during the meeting the developments in the Kurdistan Region were discussed and we were told that in the future France will support the Kurdistan Region to develop further in various fields. Already a number of French companies work in the Kurdistan Region, and Hollande has stated that he is keen on strengthening his relations with the Region.
Mustafa said that Barzani told the French authorities that if Baghdad does not change its poli- cies regarding the Kurds, the Kurds will have other alternatives and strategies in dealing with the central government.
This is the second time Barzani meets Hollande after the latter became President in 2012. The meeting was conducted at the Elysee Palace, where Hollande reiterated the friendship between France and Kurdistan.
The Kurdish President also visited Elysee in 2010, when he was welcomed by Nicolas Sarkozy, the then French President.
President Barzani and his accompanying delegation, which set out to Europe on Wednesday 21st May, will be visiting Italy and the Vatican as well.
The delegation is scheduled to meet Rome’s senior officials and Pope Francis.
Barzani is accompanied by Dr. Foad Hussein, Chief of Staff of the Presidency, Falah Mustafa, Head of the DFR, Kamaran Ahmed, KRG Minister of Reconstruction and Housing, and Masroor Barzani, Head of Kurdistan Region’s Security Council.