Be­larus wants to ex­pand part­ner­ship with Kur­dis­tan

Pres­i­dent Barzani: in or­der to stand against the threats, we have to be strong in all re­spects.

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.

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