KRG in­forms diplo­mats on lat­est de­vel­op­ments

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

On De­cem­ber 7, the Pres­i­dent’s Chief of Staff, Dr Fuad Hus­sein, the Head of KRG Depart­ment of For­eign Re­la­tions, Min­is­ter Falah Mustafa, and the Head of KRG Depart­ment of Me­dia and In­for­ma­tion, Min­is­ter Safeen Diza­yee briefed diplo­mats and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions on the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in Kur­dis­tan.

Min­is­ter Mustafa gave diplo­mats and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions an over­view of the re­cent agree­ment be­tween Er­bil and Bagh­dad, the fight against Is­lamic State as well as hu­man­i­tar­ian and fi­nan­cial chal­lenges fac­ing Kur­dis­tan.

“We have al­ways pre­ferred to re­solve our dis­putes with Bagh­dad through di­a­logue and ne­go­ti­a­tion. The re­cently reached agree­ment is a tem­po­rary agree­ment but we con­sider it a good start. It is in the in­ter­ests of both Er­bil and Bagh­dad. We are com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ing our co­op­er­a­tion with Bagh­dad in or­der to fi­nal­ize more last­ing agree­ments on all of out­stand­ing is­sues be­tween us,” Min­is­ter Mustafa com­mented on the agree­ment.

Min­is­ter Diza­yee, who was a mem­ber of the KRG del­e­ga­tion to Bagh­dad, said “The at­mos­phere of the meet­ing was very pos­i­tive. Both sides were de­ter­mined to reach a mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial agree­ment and we saw real de­sire by Prime Min­is­ter Abadi and mem­ber of his cab­i­net to re­solve out­stand­ing is­sues with us.”

High­light­ing the ad­vances of Kur­dis­tan’s Pesh­merga forces against the ISIS ter­ror­ists, Min­is­ter Mustafa said, “Thanks to the support of our coali­tion part­ners that have pro­vided our forces with mil­i­tary equip­ment, weapons, and train­ing, and thanks to the brav­ery of our Pesh­merga forces we have man­aged to re­gain con­trol of the vast ter­ri­to­ries that had been oc­cu­pied by the ISIS since the early Au­gust.”

Dr. Hus­sein em­pha­sized, “Achiev­ing greater se­cu­rity suc­cess and sta­bil­ity in Iraq will largely de­pend on progress in the po­lit­i­cal process. A gen­uine power shar­ing among the Kurds, Shi­ites, and Sun­nis is the only pos­si­ble way for­ward.”

Min­is­ter Mustafa also up­dated the at­ten­dants on the lat­est hu­man­i­tar­ian de­vel­op­ments and the needs of refugees and in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons who have taken refuge in Kur­dis­tan. He added, “KRG has made con­certed ef­forts to al­le­vi­ate the suf­fer­ings of refugees and IDPs but with our limited re­sources we are un­able to pro­vide ad­e­quate re­lief and as­sis­tance for all.”

Re­fer­ring to the im­pact of fi­nan­cial and se­cu­rity chal­lenges on the eco­nomic process in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion dur­ing the past sev­eral months, Min­ster Mustafa said, “To­day, with the new agree­ment in hand for rev­enue shar­ing and en­ergy, and with steady progress against ISIS, we look with op­ti­mism to the pe­riod ahead.”

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Dr Hus­sein and Min­is­ter Diza­yee pro­vided more de­tails on the re­cent agree­ment be­tween Er­bil and Bagh­dad as well as the se­cu­rity and eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion be­tween both sides in the face of cur­rent chal­lenges.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, diplo­mats and rep­re­sen­ta­tives ex­changed thoughts on the re­cent de­vel­op­ments. They com­mended KRG for shel­ter­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of refugees and IDPs and highly praised the role of Pesh­merga forces in the fight against ISIS ter­ror­ists.

The meet­ing was at­tended by diplo­mats from Jor­dan, Pales­tine, United Arab Emi­rates, United States of Amer­ica, Turkey, Poland, United King­dom, China, Ger­many, Rus­sia, Hun­gary, Egypt, Italy, Ro­ma­nia, The Nether­lands, South Korea, Czech Repub­lic, Iran, France, Bul­garia, Ja­pan, and UNAMI.

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