Pres­i­dent Barzani meets Hungarian PM

Hungarian Prime Min­is­ter Or­ban sup­ports Kur­dish in­de­pen­dence and says Kur­dis­tan can be­come an ef­fec­tive world coun­try

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani and an ac­com­pa­ny­ing se­nior KRG del­e­ga­tion met with Hungarian Prime Min­is­ter Vic­tor Or­ban in Bu­dapest on May 11 to dis­cuss bi­lat­eral ties, and the Hungarian sup­port for the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in its fight against the ISIS ter­ror­ists.

In this meet­ing, Prime Min­is­ter Or­ban ex­pressed his coun­try’s strong sup­port for the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan and its le­git­i­mate rights, es- pe­cially in the fight against ter­ror­ism.

“The Kur­dis­tan re­gion has all the qual­i­ties and ba­sic cri­te­ria to de­clare in­de­pen­dence and can be­come an ef­fec­tive world coun­try,”

Or­ban added; “Even though they are not a coun­try, they are fight­ing on be­half of the world.”

Or­ban re­minded his au­di­ence of the dif­fi­cul­ties Kur­dish Iraq has been fac­ing in its ef­forts to over­come the ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion call- ing it­self Is­lamic State, and once again pledged Hun­gary’s as­sis­tance.

He pointed out that Hun­gary had opened a con­sulate in Er­bil, cap­i­tal of the Kur­dis­tan re­gion and a city with about a mil­lion and a half res­i­dents, and un­der­lined that it had al­ways called for the full in­volve­ment of the Sunni and Kur­dish com­mu­ni­ties in po­lit­i­cal dia­logue.

Re­gard­ing the troops Hun­gary is pre­par­ing to send to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion to help train lo­cal forces, Or­ban said that the Hungarian of­fi­cers were al­ready on­site pre­par­ing for the troops. While the pri­mary ben­e­fi­cia­ries of sta­bil­ity in the re­gion would be the lo­cal res­i­dents, he added, sta­bil­ity was also im­por­tant to the West and Europe.

Hun­gary’s par­lia­ment voted on April 14 to send a max­i­mum of 150 sol­diers to a train­ing cen­ter in Er­bil. Un­der the cur­rent de­ci­sion, the Hungarian troops will re­main in Er­bil un­til De­cem­ber 31, 2017.

For his part, Pres­i­dent Barzani thanked the Hungarian gov­ern­ment for its sup­port to the pesh­merga and wel­comed a re­cent de­ci­sion by the Hungarian par­lia­ment to au­tho­rize the de­ploy­ment of a mil­i­tary con­tin­gent to help with the train­ing of the pesh­merga forces. The Pres­i­dent ex­tended an in­vi­ta­tion to Prime Min­is­ter Or­ban to visit Kur­dis­tan. The two also dis­cussed en­hanc­ing bi­lat­eral ties, in­clud­ing co­op­er­a­tion in the en­ergy sec­tor.

Dur­ing his of­fi­cial visit to Bu­dapest, Pres­i­dent Barzani and his ac­com­pa­ny­ing KRG del­e­ga­tion also held meet­ings with the Hungarian Pres­i­dent János Áder, For­eign Min­is­ter Péter Sz­i­jjártó and the coun­try’s de­fense Min­is­ter Csaba Hende.

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