Pope and PM Renzi prom­ise con­tin­ued sup­port to Kur­dis­tan

Pope and PM Renzi prom­ise con­tin­ued sup­port to Kur­dis­tan

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A Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment del­e­ga­tion, headed by Prime Min­is­ter, Nechir­van Barzani, vis­ited Italy last week and met with Italy and Vat­i­can top of­fi­cials. The del­e­ga­tion also in­cluded Deputy Prime Min­is­ter, Qubad Tal­a­bani, Min­is­ter of En­dow­ments and Re­li­gious Af­fairs, Ka­mal Mus­lim, Head of the Depart­ment of For­eign Re­la­tions, Min­is­ter Falah Mustafa, KRG spokesper­son, Min­is­ter Safeen Diza­yee and the KRG Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to Italy Ms. Rezan Hama Salih.

In a meet­ing with His Ho­li­ness Pope Fran­cis in Vat­i­can, The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, Iraq and the wider Mid­dle East was dis­cussed, fo­cus­ing on the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in the war against the Is­lamic State ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion, known as ISIS and the im­por­tance of the in­ter­na­tional coali­tion against ter­ror­ism.

Prime Min­is­ter Barzani briefed His Ho­li­ness about the sit­u­a­tion of over 1.4 mil­lion Iraqi in­ter­nally dis­placed peo­ple and Syr­ian refugees, most of who had fled the vi­o­lent re­pres­sion of ISIS and took refuge in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. They be­long to var­i­ous eth­nic and re­li­gious groups from Nin­eveh Plain, Sin­jar and other ar­eas of Kur­dis­tan and Iraq where they used to co­ex­ist peace­fully, but trag­i­cally have been forced to flee their homes leav­ing be­hind their be­long­ings.

The Prime Min­is­ter re­it­er­ated that the peo­ple and gov­ern­ment of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion have been, since their ar­rival, pro­vid­ing aid and as­sis­tance to th­ese refugees and dis­placed per­sons.

His Ho­li­ness the Pope ex­pressed his thanks and grat­i­tude to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment for ac­com­mo­dat­ing and pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to the dis­placed Iraqis and refugees from Syria.

The del­e­ga­tion also met the Vat­i­can For­eign Min­is­ter, Arch­bishop Paul Richard Gal­lagher.

The talks fo­cused on the cur­rent war against the Is­lamic State ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion, ISIS, and Kur­dis­tan Pesh­maega Forces progress on the front­line. The sit­u­a­tion of Iraqi in­ter­nally dis­placed peo­ple and Syr­ian refugees, who fled the vi­o­lent re­pres­sion of ISIS and took refuge in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, was also high­lighted in the meet­ing.

The Prime Min­is­ter re­it­er­ated that fur­ther as­sis­tance from donor coun­tries and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity are needed to help the refugees and IDPs.

Dur­ing the visit, the KRG del­e­ga­tion also met with the Ital­ian Prime Min­is­ter, Mat­teo Renzi, in the Ital­ian cap­i­tal city of Rome.

He briefed the Ital­ian Prime Min­is­ter about the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and the con­tin­u­ous progress marked by the Pesh­maega forces on the front­line against the Is­lamic ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion, ISIS. He also high­lighted the sit­u­a­tion of the dis­placed peo­ple from the rest of Iraq and the Syr­ian refugees who con­sti­tute a heavy bur­den on the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment, stress­ing that they des­per­ately need fur­ther as­sis­tance.

Ital­ian Prime Min­is­ter Renzi re­it­er­ated that his gov­ern­ment “will con­tinue to pro­vide hu­man­i­tar­ian and mil­i­tary as­sis­tance to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, and in or­der to erad­i­cate ter­ror­ism we will stand side by side with the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in ev­ery way pos­si­ble.” He also ex­pressed his re­spect to the courage of the Pesh­maega Forces in their fight against ter­ror­ism.

Mr. Renzi ex­pressed his con­cern for the spread of ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions’ in other parts of the world, stress­ing the need to con­front ter­ror­ism all to­gether.

Prime Min­is­ter Renzi stated that Italy has de­cided to up­grade its diplo­matic rep­re­sen­ta­tion in Er­bil to Con- su­late Gen­eral, con­sid­er­ing that this move will send a mes­sage to the world that the sit­u­a­tion in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion is bet­ter than be­fore. He stated, “It is im­por­tant for us that Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s sta­bil­ity con­tin­ues.”

Both sides also dis­cussed the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Er­bil and Bagh­dad, the sit­u­a­tion in Mo­sul, po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments in Iraq and the im­por­tance of in­clud­ing all the com­po­nents of Iraqi so­ci­ety in gov­er­nance. They also dis­cussed the sit­u­a­tion in Syria and its reper­cus­sion on the sit­u­a­tion in Iraq and the wider re­gion. The two sides re­it­er­ated that a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion is needed for the Syr­ian cri­sis.

On the sec­ond day of its of­fi­cial visit to Italy, PM Barzani and his ac­com­pa­ny­ing del­e­ga­tion were re­ceived by the Ital­ian For­eign Min­is­ter, Paolo Gen­tiloni.

The two sides dis­cussed bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and Italy, the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in the war against Is­lamic State ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion, ISIS, and the re­cent vic­to­ries achieved by the Pesh­maega Forces.

The lib­er­a­tion of the city of Mo­sul and the im­por­tance of in­clud­ing var­i­ous Iraqi eth­nic and re­li­gious groups in the op­er­a­tion in co­or­di­na­tion with the in­ter­na­tional coali­tion forces, were high­lighted in the talks.

Re­gard­ing the re­la­tion­ship with Bagh­dad, Prime Min­is­ter said the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment re­mains fully com­mit­ted to the agree­ment that it signed with the fed­eral Iraqi gov­ern­ment, adding that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment was al­ways ready to set­tle all the is­sues with Bagh­dad through dia­logue and mu­tual un­der­stand­ing.

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