Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani received Mr. Dominic Raab, the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary and his accompanying delegation, in Erbil.
At the meeting, the strengthening of Iraq’s and the Kurdistan Region’s relations with the United Kingdom, job and investment opportunities for UK businesses in the Kurdistan Region, the reform process and the unification efforts at the Ministry of Peshmerga with the support from the United Kingdom were highlighted.
Discussions also covered the dangers of terrorism, especially the resurgence of ISIS, Iraq’s upcoming elections, Baghdad-Erbil relations, and the latest developments in Iraq and the greater region.
Foreign Secretary Raab reaffirmed that the United Kingdom attributes great importance to its relations with the Kurdistan Region and is willing to further strengthen this partnership. The Foreign Secretary officially invited President Nechirvan Barzani to the United Kingdom.
Following the meeting, the President and the Foreign Secretary held a press conference on the content of their meeting. President Berzani highlighted the key role the United Kingdom playes in the approval of UNSC Resolution 688, which instituted the No-Fly Zone in Northern Iraq and paved the way for the formation of Autonomous Region.