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Kurdistan

Busy week for Kurdistan Region President in Davos

By RUDAW 26/1/2014
Barzani discussed bilateral ties and the situation in Iraq and Syria with Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt. Photo: krp.org
Barzani discussed bilateral ties and the situation in Iraq and Syria with Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt. Photo: krp.org

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani exchanged views with oil company executives, foreign ministers and other top officials at the World Economic Forum in Davos, which he attended last week for a second year.

On the sidelines of the forum, Barzani and his delegation met separately with Exxon Mobil Chairman Rex Tillerson and Jay Pryor, vice president of Chevron.

Barzani thanked both officials for the work being done by their companies in Kurdistan, and stressed that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) stood behind them.

Barzani also discussed bilateral ties and the situation in Iraq and Syria with Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, who said that before coming to Davos he had urged Swedish companies to look into investing and sending trade delegations to Kurdistan.

|In his meeting with Barzani, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu emphasized the need for continuing talks between both parties over controversial oil exports that Baghdad has been trying its best to block.

Davutoglu also told Barzani he was happy that Kurdish representatives were part of the Syrian opposition delegation at the Geneva II conference. The two leaders also spoke about the upcoming Iraqi polls in April and the other Middle Eastern issues.

The political situation in Egypt and Iraq were the focus of discussions between Barzani and Amr Moussa, former secretary general of the Arab League.

In talks with US Senator John McCain, Barzani discussed bilateral ties as well as the security situation in Iraq, especially in Anbar province.

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and his accompanying delegation, which included the foreign and economy ministers, agreed on sending a delegation to Kurdistan to explore how to expand ties with Kurdistan.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told Barzani he was pleased with the substantial progress in ties since their meeting last year at Davos, and hoped the ties would improve even more.

Rutte praised the KRG for hosting such a large number of refugees, which have come to Kurdistan from Syria and other parts of Iraq, and said his government understands the burden this places on Erbil.

“We now have about 250,000 Syrian refugees, mostly Kurds, in Kurdistan,” Barzani told Rutte. “For us, it’s both a humanitarian and national obligation to look after them,” he said, adding that he hoped “the international community will be more forthcoming in providing aid to the Syrian refugees in Kurdistan.”

 

 

 

 

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Berivan | 26/1/2014
Every kurdish leader has to have Barzani second name to be a leader. you have to be a member of the Barzani family. This means Prince Mansour, who we all love will the next leader
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Dilok Bakure | 26/1/2014
@ Berivan It's time for Kurdistan to have an another leader. A leader who can really protect Kurdish interests and who is not a tool in the hands of Iran or Turkey. I don't hate Barzani but it's time for an another leader.
lbc | 26/1/2014
''Every Kurdish leader has to have Barzani second name to be a leader. you have to be a member of the Barzani family. This means Prince Mansour, who we all love will the next leader'' That is Rubbish,KRG is a democracy ,it isn't a monarchy.
Polla | 26/1/2014
Berivan is a fake Barzani supporter to make Barzani bad. I could do the same with saying Öcalan is god only the King Öcalan should rule the world.
Bakir Lashkari | 27/1/2014
As far as I know how the Dutch Rutte thinking of the Kurdistan Position in this very sensative and fragile situation is, we do listen to you, we do understand your current situation, we can not interfer and support you directly, that how the Dutch is acting in this respect! However the. Dutch thinking that if we want to do something or helping you, we need to do this in a European coalition. So to my view these bilateral meeting is good to meet each other and xchanging idea's and views even on the Syria situation, they will disregarding the Kurdish situation but they see Syria as a whole one Solution which applied for it's own country inetersts and the European one political statement. If they really meaning to help and understand the situation,mawhid the are not donating a Sum of money supplying the refeguees by the needed products and services?
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