Pres­i­dent Barzani Vis­its Kuwait

Kur­dis­tan is look­ing for­ward to de­vel­op­ing and strength­en­ing its re­la­tions with Kuwait in all do­mains, es­pe­cially the eco­nomic and cul­tural fields, Pres­i­dent of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Ma­soud Barzani said.

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani ar­rived in Kuwait City on Satur­day on an of­fi­cial visit to hold meet­ings with the Emir of Kuwait and other se­nior Kuwaiti of­fi­cials.

On his ar­rival, the Pres­i­dent and an ac­com­pa­ny­ing se­nior KRG del­e­ga­tion were wel­comed at Kuwait City air­port by Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah, the First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and the For­eign Min­is­ter of Kuwait.

Pres­i­dent Barzani is due to also visit Abu Dhabi in this Gulf visit to meet with the lead­er­ship of the UAE. In both coun­tries, the Pres­i­dent will dis­cuss bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, the threat of ISIS ter­ror­ists, and the plight of Iraqi IDPs who have sought refuge in Kur­dis­tan.

In state­ments dur­ing his re­cep­tion of a Kuwaiti press del­e­ga­tion in Er­bil on June 9, Barzani noted that the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan greatly ad­mire Kuwaiti lead­er­ship and peo­ple and un­veiled that he would shortly visit Kuwait as a part of a Gulf tour to dis­cuss re­gional de­vel­op­ments, adding that his talks with Kuwaiti of­fi­cials would deal with means to bol­ster bi­lat­eral eco­nomic and trade re­la­tions.

The main ob­jec­tive of the Gulf tour is to “re­in­force co­op­er­a­tion to get Iraq out of its or­deal,” he said, un­der­lin­ing the im­por­tance of co­or­di­na­tion to cope with the de­vel­op­ments which af­fect the whole re­gion

Kur­dis­tan sounded the alarm bell for more than a year about the threat of IS’s seizure of the strate­gic city of Mo­sul, ex­press­ing readi­ness to de­ploy Pesh­merga forces to pre­vent this from hap­pen­ing, but “no­body heeded our calls,” he told the Kuwaiti guests, also un­der­lin­ing that the IS is not an in­vin­ci­ble mil­i­tary force. “Ev­ery­body has to co­op­er­ate to de­feat IS and ex­pel it from Mo­sul be­cause as long as it re­mains in Mo­sul that means it ex­ists,” he said.

On the an­nex­a­tion of Kirkuk to Kur­dis­tan, Barzani said ar­ti­cle 140 of the Iraqi Con­sti­tu­tion stip­u­lates re­turn­ing res­i­dents who were brought to the city by the for­mer regime to change its de­mo­graphic struc­ture to their orig­i­nal cities, then con­duct­ing a cen­sus and hold­ing a ref­er­en­dum on its des­tiny. “Peo­ple of Kirkuk are the ones who de­cide the fate of their city,” he laid it bare.

On the is­sue of Kur­dis­tan’s in­de­pen­dence from Iraq, Barzani said “All peo­ple have the right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion and we have strug­gled for a uni­fied Iraq in which all Iraqis live as part­ners in all do­mains but the suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments have not heeded our de­mands.”

Mean­while, mem­bers of the Kuwaiti del­e­ga­tion noted that their visit is meant to boost the his­toric friend­ship be­tween Kuwait and Kur­dis­tan and to get first-hand in­for­ma­tion about de­vel­op­ments in the province. The del­e­ga­tion in­cluded Kuwait Times’ Chief-in-Editor Abd Al-Rah­man Al- Alyan, Kuwait News Agency’s Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral for Ed­i­to­rial Af­fairs Saad Al-Ali, Ed­i­torin- Chief of Al-An­baa News­pa­per Yousef Al- Mar­zouq, and Kuwait Jour­nal­ists As­so­ci­a­tion’s Man­ager Ad­nan Al-Rashed.

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