Pres­i­dent Barzani Strength­ens Ties with Gulf States

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani vis­ited Saudi Ara­bia and the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE) last week. The Pres­i­dent met with top of­fi­cials of the two coun­tries, aim­ing to strengthen mu­tual re­la­tions.

Pres­i­dent Barzani ar­rived in Riyadh on Mon­day. On Tues­day af­ter­noon, he met Saudi Ara­bia King Sal­man bin Ab­du­laziz al-Saud. It was his first visit since Jan­uary 23, af­ter the death of for­mer Saudi King Ab­dul­lah bin Ab­du­laziz al-Saud.

Hus­sein Sham­mari, head of the Po­lit­i­cal Re­search In­sti­tute in Bagh­dad, told me­dia that Pres­i­dent Barzani’s visit to Gulf States was a step to pre­pare the ground for the an­nounce­ment of Kur­dish in­de­pen­dent state.

Sham­mari is­sued a state­ment, claim­ing that Barzani’s visit to the Gulf aimed to so­licit “the sup­port of dif­fer­ent coun­tries in declar­ing an in­de­pen­dent state.”

Of­fi­cials from both sides stressed that the meet­ings also em­pha­sized in­creased in­vest­ment in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

Barzani met Sheikh Mo­hamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Com­man­der of the UAE Armed Forces, on Sun­day, Novem­ber 29th. In the meet­ing, the pair dis­cussed eco­nomic ties be­tween the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and UAE along with the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in Iraq and Syria.

Dur­ing Barzani’s visit to UAE, he also at­tended the For­mula 1 Grand Prix at the Yas Ma­rina Cir­cuit.

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