Readout of Chancellor Masrour Barzani’s meeting with US Secretary of Energy

Chancellor Masrour Barzani had a productive meeting today with U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. In the meeting, Chancellor Barzani and Secretary Perry discussed practical measures to promote energy collaboration and increase economic cooperation in a way that benefits the peoples of the Kurdistan Region and Iraq as a whole and based on the Strategic Framework Agreement between United States and Iraq. Among other things, Chancellor Barzani called for a renewed effort to provide the next KRG Cabinet technical and policy support necessary to diversify the economy, achieve needed reforms and promote good governance. Both sides also praised the recent agreement between KRG and Federal Government resuming oil exports from Kirkuk as part of a continued, sustained effort to foster constructive ties with Iraq’s new government and increase shared revenue. They also reviewed the strong U.S.-Kurdistan Region partnership and ways the United States can help Erbil-Baghdad address unresolved political disputes according to Iraq’s Constitution