Kurdistan Regional Government
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Prime Minister Barzani Visits Tehran

WED, 13 AUG 2008 14:17 | KRG Cabinet

Erbil, Kurdistan – Iraq (KRG.org) - Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani this week visited Tehran in response to an official invitation from the Islamic Republic of Iran. The purpose of the trip was to reinforce the economic, business, and commercial ties between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Mr Barzani met with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for substantive talks on Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. Other government officials receiving the Prime Minister included Ali Larijani, Chairman of Parliament; Saeed Jalili, Secretary of the Supreme Security Council; Dr. Ali Saeed Lou, Vice President for Executive Affairs; Ali Raza Sheikh Attar, First Deputy of the Foreign Ministry; and Perwes Fatahee, Minister of Electricity.

A number of topics were discussed, including the prospect of Iranian assistance in the economic reconstruction and development of the Kurdistan Region. Cultural and historic ties were also a topic, as many Kurdish refugees found shelter in Iran in the past. The Prime Minister said, “Iran opened its arms to us during the difficult days and helped us in our hour of need. And now for the reconstruction of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, we look forward to your participation.”

Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, explains “Iran is an important neighbour to Iraq. The visit to Tehran comes as part of a continued KRG policy of reinforcing good neighbourly relations, with a view to creating prosperity in the Region and mutual benefit for all parties. This includes cooperation in the spheres of joint border security, economic investment, and general commerce.”

An expansion of commercial trade between the two sides was a topic of discussion in a seminar with leading businessmen and representatives of the Iranian Chamber of Commerce. In the seminar Prime Minister Barzani urged Iranian commercial leaders to join the reconstruction efforts in the Kurdistan Region and use it as a first step towards the Iraqi market.

See photographs of the Prime Minister's visit to Tehran