Prime Minister Barzani meets Iranian and European officials in Tehran
On the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, MSC, held in Tehran on Saturday, Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani held meetings with senior Iranian and European officials.
These meetings included German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, Iran First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri, and the Secretary of Iran Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani.
Views were exchanged on regional issues and developments. Prime Minister Barzani discussed the latest political developments and events in the Kurdistan Region, the Peshmergas’ fight against ISIS, and relations with the Federal Government of Iraq.
In his meeting with Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif, Prime Minister Barzani praised the role he played in reaching the landmark nuclear deal between his country and the P5+1. He expressed his hope the agreement will help stabilize and develop bilateral relations between the Republic of Iran and the Kurdistan Region, particularly in the economic field.
In his meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Prime Minster Barzani expressed his appreciation to the people and the Government of Germany for their military assistance to the Peshmerga forces which has significantly helped them in the war against ISIS.
Prime Minister Barzani also conveyed the desire of his government to continue holding talks with the Iraqi Federal Government with the view to resolve outstanding issues.
In his meeting with Speaker of the Iran Parliament Ali Larijani, Prime Minister Barzani thanked him for Iran’s assistance to the
Kurdistan Region, stressing that the Region values its relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Speaker said that as the Kurdistan Region is peaceful and secure, tensions and unrest must be avoided. He stressed that Iran will continue its support to the Region.
In his meeting with First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri, recent events were discussed, including the public demonstrations that turned into violence in some towns of Suleimaniya Governorate. Vice-President Jahangiri stressed that political unity is necessary for maintaining stability and security. Prime Minister Barzani reaffirmed the value of the support of the Islamic Republic of Iran. They also discussed strengthening economic relations.
The Secretary of the Iran Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani reiterated the continuation of Iranian support to the Kurdistan Region in its war against terrorism. He stressed that the Kurdistan Region’s stability and security is important to Iran. This is why, he said, that unity among the Kurdistan Region’s political forces is necessary.
Prime Minister Barzani expressed his gratitude for Iranian support and briefed Mr. Shamkhani about the recent developments on the frontline between the Kurdistan Peshmerga forces and ISIS. He expressed his hope that Iranian and other international assistance would help eradicate the ISIS threat.
Prime Minister Barzani visited Tehran to attend the Munich Security Conference, MSC, that began on Saturday in Tehran. It was co-hosted with the Institute for Political and International Studies, and held in cooperation with the Governments of Germany and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
It was held as part of the MSC Core Group Meeting Series and focused on the implementation of the agreement reached recently on the Iranian nuclear program, security related issues in the Middle East, as well as economic and energy policies.