KRG PM to visit Rus­sia

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Kur­dis­tan and Rus­sia main­tain close ties as the Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani is sched­uled to visit Rus­sia this month, con­firmed the Rus­sian Gen­eral Con­sul in Er­bil.

The aim of the visit is to build eco­nomic ties be­tween Er­bil and Moscow, Vic­tor Si­makov saysw.

Rus­sia and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion had agree­ments to im­ple­ment sev­eral projects, but ev­ery­thing was put on hold when war with the Is­lamic State erupted. Barzani’s visit to Rus­sia will in­clude dis­cus­sions to re­sume those ac­tiv­i­ties, Si­makov ex­plained.

A del­e­ga­tion from the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment headed by Barzani will at­tend the St. Peters­burg In­ter­na­tional Eco­nomic Fo­rum, which is held June 16 -18.

The Fo­rum is an an­nual con­fer­ence ded­i­cated to eco­nomic and busi­ness is­sues and at­tracts more than 10,000 in­ter­na­tional par­tic­i­pants. Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin fre­quently at­tends as well.

Si­makov ex­pressed his hope that the KRG del­e­ga­tion’s visit would lead to many eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties be­tween Kur­dis­tan and Rus­sia, con­firm­ing that Rus­sia could play an im­por­tant role in de­vel­op­ing the Re­gion’s in­dus­trial and agri­cul­tural sec­tors.

The Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and Rus­sia have a strong his­tory of co­op­er­a­tion. Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani vis­ited Rus­sia in 2013 where he met with Putin.

Barzani’s fa­ther, Mustafa Barzani, lived in the Soviet Union for a num­ber of years.

Rus­sia has sup­plied arms to the Pesh­merga in the fight against the Is­lamic State.

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