Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani received Mr. Luigi Di Maio, Italy’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, in Erbil.
At the meeting, Foreign Minister Di Maio highlighted his visit to Italy’s troops stationed in Iraq and reaffirmed his country’s commitment to supporting Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. He also commended the role and contributions of the Peshmarga forces in defeating ISIS and lauded the hospitality of the Kurdistan Region displaced people. During the meeting, Foreign Minister Di Maio conveyed a formal invitation to President Nechirvan Barzani to visit Italy.
The President and Foreign Minister Di Maio reaffirmed willingness to further strengthen bilateral relations and to expand areas of mutual collaboration, particularly in the fields of economic partnership and cultural exchange.
President Nechirvan Barzani offered Christmas and New Year’s greetings to the Foreign Minister, the people and the government of Italy, and reiterated the Kurdistan Region’s appreciation for Italy’s support to Iraq and the Kurdistan Region in the war against ISIS and the training of Peshmarga forces, as well as Italy’s humanitarian assistance.