Kurdish PM attends 2015 Dubai Government Summit and meets with top officials
The Kurdistan Regional Government was officially invited by the United Arab Emirates to attend the 2015 Dubai Government Summit.
The KRG delegation, which included Deputy Prime Minister, Qubad Talabani, Minister of Natural Resources, Ashti Hawrami, Minister of Planning, Ali Sindi, Minister of Finance and Economy, Rebaz Mohammad and KRG spokesperson, Minister Safeen Dizayee, also held a number of meetings with senior UAE officials during the visit.
The summit was also attended by the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid AlMaktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed AlNahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces as well as representatives of 93 countries which included heads of states and senior leaders of international organizations.
The Dubai Government Summit is considered the second largest summit in the world, involving over four thousand people representing 93 countries. The summit offered a number of lectures, seminars, dialogue sessions aimed at improving the way governments work in the future, including the development of egovernance, planning and forecasting for future government as well as a number of other topics related to improving governance.
As part of its official visit to the United Arab Emirates, the KRG delegation separately met the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheikh Muhammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Sheikh Muhammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan welcomed PM Barzani at the Al-Bahr Palace in Abu Dhabi and expressed his pleasure for Prime Minister’s visit and thanked the Kurdistan Regional Government for attending Dubai Government Summit.
The two sides discussed the relations between Iraq and the UAE in general, and between the Kurdistan Region and the UAE in particular. They stressed the necessity to develop these relations in various domains, including the economic sector.
The Prime Minister expressed his gratitude for the humanitarian aid and assistance that the UAE and UAE Red Crescent is providing to the Iraqi internally displaced persons and Syrian refugees, who are now sheltered in the Kurdistan Region. He praised the efforts, work and assistance undertaken by the officials and team of the UAE Red Crescent in the Kurdistan Region.
Later during the day, the Kurdish delegation visited the UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The two sides discussed the relations between the Kurdistan Region, Iraq and the UAE.
Prime Minister Barzani praised the role played by the UAE General Consulate in Erbil and in particular the UAE General Consul himself, who exert great efforts to strengthen bilateral relations between Kurdistan and the UAE. The UAE Foreign Minister described the Consulate in Erbil as a post that the ministry considers highly significant.
They also discussed the situation in the Middle East including the latest developments in the war against the Islamic State terrorist organization. The two sides stressed that confronting terrorism cannot be undertaken solely through military operations, but also through challenging the ideologies and to confront the concepts of violence that exist in the region.
In another occasion the UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan also received Kurdistan Regional Government Deputy Prime Minister, Qubad Talabani.
The two sides discussed bilateral relations between the Kurdistan Region and the UAE, stressing both sides’ intention to develop relations in various fields.
Deputy Prime Minister Talabani expressed the gratitude of the people and Government of the Kurdistan Region to the people and government of the UAE for the humanitarian assistance that they have been providing to the displaced people and refugees in Kurdistan.
He said that he hopes the Kurdistan Regional Government’s participation in Dubai Government Summit would help to build bridges between the Kurdistan Region and United Arab Emirates.
Latest political and military developments in the region, particularly the war against ISIS, were highlighted in the meeting. Deputy Prime Minister Talabani hoped that the current deterioration of security situation in the Middle East will not slow down the relations between the Kurdistan Region and United Arab Emirates.
The meeting was also attended by KRG Minister of Planning, Ali Sindi, KRG Minister of Finance and Economy, Rebaz Mohammad and KRG spokesperson, Minister Safeen Dizayee.
On the second day of delegation’s visit, they were received by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid AlMaktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The two sides discussed bilateral relations between the Kurdistan Region and the UAE. They reaffirmed their willingness to develop these relations, particularly in the political and economic domains.
The latest developments in the region and the war against the Islamic State terrorist organization were discussed in the meeting. The two sides stressed the importance of the role of the international coalition in the war against terrorism.