Nechirvan Barzani Discusses the Developments in the Area with Emmanuel Macron

President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron expressed his country’s support for the Kurdistan Region, and expressed his delight to see relations between Erbil and Iraq has improved, also the discussion for resolving the issues between the Kurdistan Region and the Federal Government of Iraq is continued.

On Wednesday July 10, 2019, the President of French Republic Emmanuel Macron received the President of Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani.
In the meeting, the two sides discussed latest security developments in the area, relations and issues between Erbil – Baghdad and the efforts to resolving the issues in accordance to the Iraqi Constitution, the condition of refugees in the Kurdistan Region and ways of assisting their return to their homes.

President Macron expressed France’s appreciation to the Kurdistan Region for fighting against terrorists and providing asylum for refugees and displaced persons , and protecting religious and ethnic groups. He reiterated France’s support for the Kurdistan Region within the framework of the European Union and the United Nations.

On his side, President Barzani expressed his appreciation for France’s political, military and humanitarian support, and he underlined the significant role of President Macron in supporting the Kurdistan Region politically and diplomatically in difficult days, which resulted in initiation of talks with Baghdad for resolving issues.

The Kurdistan Region President presented a brief on Kurdistan Region and Iraq’s condition, and reaffirmed protecting and promoting the culture of coexistence and tolerance among religious and ethnic groups in the Kurdistan Region.

Investment opportunities for French companies in the Kurdistan Region, strengthening commercial and economic ties between the Kurdistan Region and Iraq with France, Syria’s situation, and the risks of terrorism resurgence were all discussed.