Chancellor Masrour Barzani receives Russian Federation Ambassador to Iraq

Chancellor Masrour Barzani had a productive discussion today with Russian Federation Ambassador to Iraq Maksim Maksimov on issues of bilateral importance. During the meeting, they discussed at length ways to avoid renewed conflict in Syria and safeguard the rights of the Kurdish people. In that regard, Chancellor Barzani and Ambassador Maksimov agreed that an inclusive Kurdish front of political parties can help advance a political settlement. Both sides also stressed the need to prevent further displacement of innocent people. In the meeting, developments in Iraq were also reviewed. They agreed ISIS ideology remains a serious threat, and the importance of reversing conditions that led to the terrorist organization. While Chancellor Barzani noted progress in the relationship with the Federal Government, he emphasized the Iraqi Constitution should arbiter disputes. On Russia-Kurdistan Region relations, Chancellor Barzani and Ambassador Maksimov reaffirmed readiness to expand economic and trade cooperation.

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