Readout of Chancellor Masrour Barzani’s meeting with Russian Federation Ambassador to Iraq

Chancellor Masrour Barzani received today a delegation led by Russian Federation Ambassador to Iraq Maksim Maksimov and reiterated the strong, historic relationship between the peoples of the Kurdistan Region and Russia. They also discussed upcoming talks to form a new KRG Cabinet. In the meeting, Chancellor Barzani and Ambassador Maksimov praised the successful efforts on the formation of Iraq’s new government. In that regard, Chancellor Barzani welcomed the new government as a positive step and praised Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s commitment to a new chapter in Erbil-Baghdad relations, based on mutual respect and partnership and in line with the Iraqi Constitution. He also emphasized the importance of Peshmerga-ISF coordination to counter ISIL activities in the disputed territories. In the meeting, both also discussed at length the situation in Syria. Both underscored the importance of the Kurdish people’s role in the peace process and the country’s future.