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.

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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.

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