PM Nechir­van Barzani meets se­nior for­eign of­fi­cials

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Prime Min­is­ter, Nechir­van Barzani, last week, sep­a­rately met with a num­ber of high rank­ing for­eign diplo­mats and of­fi­cials in Er­bil in­clud­ing Pope’s en­voy, Arch­bishop Gior­gio Lin­gua, Apos­tolic Nun­cio in Iraq, the spe­cial en­voy to the Mid­dle East of the Rus­sian Pres­i­dent, Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Michael Bog­danov, the Am­bas­sador of the Repub­lic of Latvia to Turkey, Iran, and Iraq, Mr. Atis Sjan­its, and the Mayor of London, Boris John­son.

Arch­bishop Gior­gio Lin­gua said that the Vatican fol­lows the sit­u­a­tion in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion very closely. He con­veyed Vatican’s grat­i­tude to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion for shel­ter­ing and as­sist­ing the in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons and refugees, par­tic­u­larly the Chris­tians, who fled the vi­o­lent re­pres­sion of the Is­lamic State ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Prime Min­is­ter Barzani stressed the com­mit­ment of the peo­ple and Gov­ern­ment of Kur­dis­tan to peace­ful co­ex­is­tence and their cul­ture of tol­er­ance. He pointed out that all the dis­placed peo­ple and refugees re­ceive equal as­sis­tance, with­out any dis­crim­i­na­tion.

He said, “We hope that the dis­placed peo­ple and refugees would be able to re­turn to their homes soon. We asked them to be pa­tient un­til the end of this tem­po­rary dif­fi­cult phase.”

Pres­i­dent Putin's spe­cial en­voy, on the other hands, out­lined that the rea­son of his visit to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion is to learn more about the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in Iraq and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, with the hope that the visit will pave the way for fur­ther co­op­er­a­tion and con­sol­i­da­tion of re­la­tions be­tween Er­bil and Moscow.

Mr. Michael Bog­danov high­lighted the his­toric re­la­tions be­tween the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan and Rus­sia which date back to the mid­dle of last cen­tury when the Kur­dish his­toric leader, Gen­eral Mustafa Barzani, and his com­rades took refuge in the for­mer Soviet Union.

The two sides dis­cussed the cur­rent war against the Is­lamic State ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion, the re­cent vic­to­ries achieved by the Pesh­marga forces and the im­pact of the in­ter­na­tional coali­tion in­ter­ven­tion in coun­ter­ing ter­ror­ism.

Given the global secu- rity sit­u­a­tion, both sides agreed that it is es­sen­tial for the rel­e­vant se­cu­rity agen­cies in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and Rus­sia to co­op­er­ate in or­der to bet­ter com­bat ter­ror­ism.

While the del­e­ga­tion re­it­er­ated Rus­sia’s support to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, Prime Min­is­ter Barzani ex­pressed his gov­ern­ment's grat­i­tude for the hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance that Rus­sia has pro­vided to the dis­placed per­sons and refugees.

The two sides also dis­cussed the ac­tiv­i­ties of the Rus­sian com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion par­tic­u­larly in the fields of en­ergy and nat­u­ral re­sources. Prime Min­is­ter Barzani stressed that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion views its re­la­tions with Rus­sia as very im­por­tant, not­ing that there are a great deal of op­por­tu­nity for Rus­sian com­pa­nies to work across many sec­tors, and that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion can ben­e­fit from Rus­sia’s ex­per­tise in many fields.

In his meet­ing with Am­bas­sador Sjan­tis, PM Barzani wel­comed Am­bas­sador Sjan­tis and con­grat­u­lated his gov­ern­ment for be­com­ing the head of the Euro­pean Union for the cur­rent round.

Both sides dis­cussed the Pesh­marga Forces war against ter­ror­ists and the cur­rent se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tions in the coun­try. The Kur­dish PM re­it­er­ated that the KRG needs mil­i­tary support and heavy weapons to fight ISIS and also needs more hu­man­i­tar­ian aid from the Euro­pean coun­tries for the refugees and IDPs in the Re­gion.

The Lat­vian and Kur­dish of­fi­cials also dis­cussed eco­nomic and business ties be­tween the two coun­tries and the mech­a­nism of boost­ing business re­la­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties through more co­op­er­a­tion among the cham­bers of com­merce and in­dus­try of both sides.

The Mayor of London Mr. Boris John­son, who met Prime Min­is­ter Barzani along with an ac­com­pa­ny­ing del­e­ga­tion on Fri­day, Jan­uary 23, 2015, ex­pressed his plea­sure for vis­it­ing the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and wit­ness per­son­ally the de­vel­op­ments that have been achieved, and ob­serve the progress made by the Kur­dis­tan Pesh­marga forces in their fight against the Is­lamic State ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion. He con­sid­ered that the ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion’s threat goes beyond the Kur­dis­tan bor­ders.

He stressed London and Bri­tain's de­sire to build strong re­la­tions with the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, which would en­cour­age co­op­er­a­tion in the pub­lic sec­tor and in­vest­ment by Bri­tish pri­vate com­pa­nies in var­i­ous eco­nomic sec­tors in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

Prime Min­is­ter Barzani ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to the Mayor of London for his and his del­e­ga­tion's visit, which he de­scribed as a move that would help to ob­serve closely the sit­u­a­tion in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

He also ex­pressed his gov­ern­ment's grat­i­tude for the hu­man­i­tar­ian and mil­i­tary aid that the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment has pro­vided to the Re­gion, re­call­ing that the gov­ern­ment and the peo­ple of Great Bri­tain have helped the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in the nineties of the last cen­tury too.

While Prime Min­is­ter Barzani re­it­er­ated the de­sire of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment to de­velop re­la­tions with Bri­tain and ben­e­fit from its ex­per­tise, he ex­pressed his hope that the UK will pro­vide fur­ther mil­i­tary aid and heavy weapon to the Pesh­marga forces in their fight against ter­ror­ism.

The Mayor of London in­formed the Prime Min­is­ter about his meet­ing with Bri­tish mil­i­tary per­son­nel, who are train­ing the Kur­dish Pesh­marga forces, which he de­scribed as sat­is­fac­tory.

Com­ment­ing on Kur­dis­tan Re­gion's eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, Mr. Boris John­son, quoted by London City Hall web­site, 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 ... The links be­tween Bri­tain and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion are de­vel­op­ing at an in­cred­i­ble pace, there is a dy­namic and for­ward look­ing lead­er­ship here.” He con­sid­ered the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion as an "area that has be­come a suc­cess story for the Mid­dle East."

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Prime Min­is­ter, Nechir­van Barzani meets Rus­sian Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Michael Bog­danov in Er­bil on Tues­day, Jan­uary 20, 2015.

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Prime Min­is­ter, Nechir­van Barzani, meets the Mayor of Lon­daon, Bor­ris Jhon­son, in Er­bil on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 22, 2015.

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Prime Min­is­ter, Nechir­van Barzani,meets Pope’s en­voy, Arch­bishop Gior­gio Lin­gua, Apos­tolic Nun­cio in Iraq, in Er­bil on Sun­day, Jan­uary 18, 2015.

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Prime Min­is­ter, Nechir­van Barzani, meets the Am­bas­sador of the Repub­lic of Latvia to Turkey, Iran, and Iraq, Mr. Atis Sjan­its, in Er­bil on Tues­day, Jan­uary 20, 2015.

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