Czech Repub­lic ready to ex­pand bi­lat­eral re­la­tions with KRG

Pres­i­dent Barzani met with Prime Min­is­ter of Czech Repub­lic Bo­huslav Sobotka, Pres­i­dent Miloš Ze­man and other se­nior Czech gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in Prague

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani met with the Prime Min­is­ter of the Czech Repub­lic Bo­huslav Sobotka in Prague on May 12 to dis­cuss strength­en­ing bi­lat­eral ties, in par­tic­u­lar sup­port to the pesh­merga forces in the fight against ISIS ter­ror­ists.

The Czech Prime Min­is­ter stated that his coun­try would con­tinue to pro­vide sup­port to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and its pesh­merga force in the fight against ter­ror­ism. He also ex­pressed his coun­try’s readi­ness to ex­pand bi­lat­eral re­la­tions with the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in other fields.

Pres­i­dent Barzani and Prime Min­is­ter Sobotka also dis­cussed the po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity de­vel­op­ments in Iraq and the fu­ture of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

Af­ter ar­riv­ing in Prague on Mon­day, the Pres­i­dent and his ac­com­pa­ny­ing KRG del­e­ga­tion also met with the Pres­i­dent Miloš Ze­man and other se­nior Czech gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

At the be­gin­ning of the one-hour meet­ing that in­cluded lunch, Ze­man wel­comed Barzani to Prague as "a hero of Kur­dis­tan."

Over the past few months, Kur­dish fighters have man­aged to halt the of­fen­sive of rad­i­cals from Is­lamic State (ISIS) in north­ern Iraq and pushed them from some ar­eas they had con­trolled.

Ze­man dis­cussed the fights against ISIS with Barzani. Ze­man has long sup­ported hard steps against Is­lamist ter­ror­ism and pushed for an in­ter­na­tional attack on the rad­i­cals' train­ing cen­ters.

Last year, the Czech gov­ern­ment do­nated re­dun­dant ammunition worth 41 mil­lion Kč to the Kur­dish mili­tias fight­ing Is­lamists in Iraq. They re­ceived 10 mil­lion rounds of ammunition for Kalash­nikov as­sault ri­fles, 8 mil­lion rounds for ma­chine guns, 5,000 for bazookas and 5,000 hand grenades.

Barzani and the KRG del­e­ga­tion were also to visit Czech De­fense Min­istry and to meet with Deputy De­fense Min­is­ter. KRG del­e­ga­tion ap­pre­ci­ated Czech's mil­i­tary sup­ports to Kur­dish pesh­merga.

Barzani was ac­com­pa­nied in his visit by the ad­vi­sor of Se­cu­rity Coun­cil of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, Mas­ror Barzani , the Min­is­ter of Pesh­marga, Mustafa Sayid Qadir, Pres­i­dent of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s Pres­i­dency of­fice , Fouad Hus- sein, Min­is­ter of Con­struc­tion , Der­baz Ra­sool and For­eign Re­la­tions Depart­ment of­fi­cial in Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment , Falah Mustafa.

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