Readout of Chancellor Masrour Barzani’s meeting with France’s Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs

Chancellor Masrour Barzani hosted today a delegation led by Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France Jean-Yves Le Drian for a breakfast meeting. The meeting provided Chancellor Barzani an opportunity to express his deep appreciation for France’s historic friendship with the peoples of Kurdistan Region and praise the excellent bilateral relationship. On Syria, Chancellor Barzani raised concerns about the situation. He stressed the need for a political settlement that addresses the rights and aspirations of its peoples, and prevents further bloodshed and displacement. Turning to ISIL, both sides agreed that addressing underlying causes on one hand and sustaining close coordination on the other are essential to preventing an ISIL resurgence. In that regard, Minister Drian affirmed France’s commitment to Kurdistan Region and Iraq in the war, including military and humanitarian aid. Other important topics included the economic challenges for the next KRG cabinet, relations with Baghdad and uniting Kurdish political factions.