Belarus wants to expand partnership with Kurdistan
President Barzani: in order to stand against the threats, we have to be strong in all respects.
Kurdistan Region President, Massoud Barzani, received a Belarussian delegation headed by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vladimir Makei, in Duhok on September 16, 2014. This was the first visit of the Belarussian delegation on such level to Kurdistan.
During the meeting, both sides discussed the possibilities of expanding the partnership and providing support by the Republic of Belarus to Kurdistan in the fight against terrorism. Barzani confirmed the interest of the Kurdistan Region in expanding partnership with the Republic of Belarus in all spheres.
Minister Makei reiterated his country’s readiness to provide military, diplomatic, economic, agricultural, educational, and industrial support to the Kurdistan Region.
Barzani highly appreciated the visit and hoped it will create a chance to further rein- force the relations between the two countries.
Barzani said that Kurdistan is a rich region in natural resources, but agriculture is a sector which needs to be further developed. He encouraged bilateral cooperation in this respect.
The political and security situations were another topic of the meeting. Barzani said, “Kurdistan never wanted war but wars have always been imposed on us. The current fight with terrorists is a good example of that.”
Barzani also said Kurdish people are living in an area where they always face threats, and to stand against them, we have to be strong in all respects. “After World War 1, Kurdistan was divided into four parts and the people underwent oppressions, but our people have been able to stand firm and will not let this become a de facto,” added the President.