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

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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