The Nether­lands will con­tinue its sup­port to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani yes­ter­day re­ceived a del­e­ga­tion of The Nether­land's Par­lia­ment For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee headed by Com­mit­tee Chair­per­son Ms. An­ge­line Ei­jsink, along with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of po­lit­i­cal par­ties at the Dutch Par­lia­ment.

The del­e­ga­tion praised the peo­ple, gov­ern­ment, and the Pesh­merga forces of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, who, un­der very dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances, have been com­bat­ing the Is­lamic State ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion, ISIS, and pre­serv­ing re­li­gious and eth­nic di­ver­sity, which, they de­scribed, as a suc­cess­ful model for the Mid­dle East.

They also dis­cussed the cur­rent fi­nan­cial cri­sis and the Kur­dis­tan Regional Gov­ern­ment’s re­form and aus­ter­ity mea­sures.

Prime Min­is­ter Barzani thanked the Dutch Gov­ern­ment for their con­tri­bu­tion to mil­i­tary and hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­forts, and ex­pressed hope that the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity will raise the level of its aid to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

He in­formed the del­e­ga­tion about the mea­sures be­ing taken by the KRG to deal with the fi­nan­cial cri­sis, stress­ing that the co­op­er­a­tion of friendly coun­tries is very much needed.

Re­gard­ing re­la­tions with Baghdad, Prime Min­is­ter Barzani said that al­though Iraqi Kur­dis­tan has played an ef­fec­tive role since 2003, the com­pli­cated po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in Iraq has, un­for­tu­nately, ex­posed a num­ber of prob­lems. How­ever, he said, in spite of this the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion will con­tinue its ef­forts to im­prove re­la­tions with Baghdad and neigh­bor­ing coun­tries, and en­hance its in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions.

Re­gard­ing the an­tic­i­pated ref­er­en­dum for in­de­pen­dence, Prime Min­is­ter Barzani said that the is­sue of in­de­pen­dence is a le­git­i­mate and nat­u­ral right of the peo­ple of Iraqi Kur­dis­tan. He said, how­ever, it is an is­sue that should be dis­cussed and re­solved with Baghdad through di­a­logue and mu­tual un­der­stand­ing.

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