Mayor of London strolls through Erbil’s market
Mayor of London puts on traditional head-dress of Jamadani on his visit to Erbil’s down town market
On Thursday, Mayor of London Boris Johnson arrived in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, to meet with the Kurdish prime minister and his cabinet.
Johnson strolled through Erbil’s down town market and visited the traditional teahouse of Machko. He was surprised with great developments the region has seen in the past years. He enjoyed drinking tea with the local people around.
Johnson said “Over the last decade Kurdistan region has seen considerable economic growth and social development, and I’m here to mark London’s role as an active ally in this.”
He added: “We have a mutual interest in not only Kurdistan region’s security and prosperity but that of Iraq as a whole. The links between Britain and the Kurdistan region are developing at an incredible pace, there is a dynamic and forward looking leadership here and I am looking forward to rolling up our sleeves and discussing greater cooperation on a range of issues.”
Boris Johnson, whose trip to the Kurdish border was prompted by security concerns in London, was seen meeting locals, playing with children and chatting with officials over cups of tea.
Johnson was Thursday pictured wielding an assault rifle as he met Peshmerga fighters and today called on the British Government to supply them with more sophisticated weaponry.
Johnson was pictured laying side-by-side in the mud with Peshmerga fighters, joining them in their shooting practice near the Kurdish capital Erbil in Iraq.
Trying to look the part once more, the Mayor of London donned a traditional headdress as he chatted with officials – but gave away his British identity by sipping on a cup of tea.
On his visit to the capital’s market, Johnson was accompanied by Erbil governor, Nawzad Hadi, and KRG deputy Prime Minister, Qubad Talabani