France to boost ties with Kurdistan Region
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met France’s newly appointed ambassador to Iraq, Mark Barety, and his accompanying delegation, where the later vowed further support to the Kurdish region.

Barety said that he was very pleased to visit Kurdistan and he stressed the deepening of bilateral ties between France and the Kurdish Region that “enjoy historic relations based on solidarity.” He commended the people and government of Kurdistan for aiding the displaced and refugees, adding that France will continue its military for Kurdistan Region and will increase its humanitarian support, he said.

The French ambassador added that several French humanitarian NGOs are due to come to Kurdistan to aid the displaced and refugees. He also highlighted the French cultural centre’s activities.

The discussion also covered the security and military situation and the political process in Iraq, the importance of the Kurds and Sunni's participation in Iraq's new government, the establishment of an international coalition against terror, and the situation in Kobani. Both sides agreed that a solution is needed for Mosul, which if it were liberated would encourage the displaced places to return to their homes.

Barzani noted that Kurdistan Region values its relations with France and said that the government and people of Kurdistan are grateful for President Francois Hollande’s visit to Erbil. Barzani added that the visit provided great political support for the Kurdish Region, which hopes to boost its relations with France on all levels.

He emphasized Kurdistan Region wishes to solve all the disputes with the federal government and reiterated Kurdistan’s support for Iraqi PM Haidar al-Abadi's government. He also stressed the importance of the Kurdistan Region’s relations with Tehran and Ankara.

 

News Code: 8687  |  Date: 2014/10/25  |  Time: 9 : 49

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