PM Barzani re­ceives new UK Am­bas­sador to Iraq

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gion's Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani re­ceived Frank Baker OBE, an old friend of the Kurds and the UK's new Am­bas­sador to Iraq. Am­bas­sador Baker vis­ited Kur­dis­tan at the be­gin­ning of his ap­point­ment as Am­bas­sador. He ex­pressed his plea­sure to be back in Er­bil and to see Prime Min­is­ter Barzani.

He said that he hopes to play an ef­fec­tive role in fur­ther­ing his coun­try's re­la­tions with the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and Iraq. Am­bas­sador Baker added that the Bri­tish Gen­eral Con­sulate in Er­bil will have more tasks and ac­tiv­i­ties and will en­cour­age Bri­tish com­pa­nies to invest in Kur­dis­tan. He ex­plained that for this rea­son cur­rently Baroness Emma Nicholson, the Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter's trade en­voy, is in Er­bil.

PM Barzani con­grat­u­lated Am­bas­sador Baker and wished him suc­cess in his new role. He also ex­pressed his hap­pi­ness that an old friend of the Kurds has been ap­pointed as Am­bas­sador in Bagh­dad, and re­called Baker's re­la­tions with the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion dur­ing the mid 1990s when he was a diplo­mat in Ankara and al­ways vis­ited Kur­dis­tan and showed his support. Both sides stressed de­vel­op­ing strong bi­lat­eral ties.

Their dis­cus­sion also cov­ered the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion and the lat­est po­lit­i­cal and mil­i­tary de­vel­op­ments in Iraq and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion; the ex­ist­ing in­ter­na­tional coali­tion against the Is­lamic State; the role of Pesh­merga forces in fight­ing the ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion; and the pro­vi­sion of mil­i­tary and hu­man­i­tar­ian aid for the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. Prime Min­is­ter Barzani con­veyed his gov­ern­ment's grat­i­tude to Bri­tain and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, and his wish for greater on­go­ing aid for the in­ter­nally dis­placed and refugees in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion whose needs are far beyond the KRG's ca­pac­ity.

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion's Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani re­ceived Frank Baker OBE, the UK's new Am­bas­sador to Iraq.

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