Pres­i­dent Barzani meets Pres­i­dent Hol­lande

Kur­dish Pres­i­dent tours Europe

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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