Chancellor Masrour Barzani receives outgoing French Ambassador to Iraq

Chancellor Masrour Barzani receives outgoing French Ambassador to Iraq

Chancellor Masrour Barzani received today France’s outgoing Ambassador to Iraq, Dr. Marc Barety, to discuss historical bilateral relations and the anti-ISIL campaign.

During the meeting both officials reviewed the strong historical relations between the people of the Kurdistan Region and France. They also praised France’s contributions in 2014 encouraging an international response to calls by the Kurdistan Region against a humanitarian crisis and ISIL. Chancellor Barzani welcomed statements by President Emmanuel Macron reaffirming France’s commitment to defeating ISIL.

He said, ‘France demonstrated its commitment and friendship to the people of the Kurdistan’. Chancellor Barzani also praised former President Francois Hollande’s personal engagement and visits to Erbil, and called on France to continue its military aid to Peshmerga forces.

Both officials agreed on the need to continue and increase bilateral relations. Both reaffirmed their commitment to broad security cooperation to address threats against shared security interests. Ambassador Barety observed that the security cooperation with the Kurdistan Region is a ‘core’ component of the growing bilateral relationship. He also cited France’s ‘long-standing’ relationship with the Kurdish people.

The meeting also touched on regional developments and post-ISIL political challenges, including a permanent mechanism to shape Erbil-Baghdad relations.

The Consul General in Erbil, Mr. Dominique Mas, also attended the meeting.

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