Kurdistan Regional Government
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Prime Minister Barzani's inaugural speech

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Kurdistan Parliament, Erbil, 5 April 2012
Inaugural speech by KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani
At the swearing in of the seventh KRG cabinet

Your Excellency the Speaker of the Kurdistan parliament, your Excellency Vice President of the Kurdistan Region, Excellencies Members of the Kurdistan Parliament, dear audience,

We are glad that we are present today in front of the Kurdistan Parliament to announce the formation of the seventh cabinet of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

The people of Kurdistan are the source of legitimacy of the KRG

It is a huge responsibility that has been entrusted to us, and with my dear colleague Mr Imad Ahmad and all my colleagues in the seventh cabinet, we will work hard to meet this challenge.

The people of Kurdistan are the source of legitimacy for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), and today we are honoured to receive their endorsement through their representatives in the Kurdistan Parliament.

In spite of its remaining shortcomings, the Kurdistan Region has witnessed tremendous political, economic and social development. However, we will continue our efforts to fulfill our duty and the promises that have been made to our people.

We thank our dear friends Dr Barham Salih the Prime Minister of the Sixth KRG Cabinet, his Deputy Mr Azad Barwari and the members of their cabinet for the important work that they accomplished in the time that they had. Their efforts are appreciated both by us and by the people of Kurdistan.

We would also like to faithfully remember and appreciate the sacrifices of all the martyrs of the Kurdistan liberation and freedom movement. We promise to continue the struggle for the development and the prosperity of our people in their memory, for we wouldn't be here today if it hadn’t been for their struggle and sacrifices.

A strong will

Today, we have come here to the parliament of Kurdistan with a strong will. While we will continue the work of the fifth and sixth cabinets, we will also partner with the Kurdistan parliament to implement a new program, with strategies and initiatives that will take into consideration the political, economic and social changes that have taken place in recent years.

Recently, some countries of the Middle East and North Africa have a begun to see the emergence of democracy and justice. The Kurdistan Region welcomes these changes, and supports any change that is in the direction of democracy, freedom and human rights. By contrast, the Kurdish Spring began twenty years ago when the people of Kurdistan rose up, with the support of the Kurdistan political parties, and managed to end the authority of one of the most dangerous dictators of that time in our land, choosing to install the rule of law, democracy and freedom without the support of foreign countries.

It was in the same year that our now President, Masoud Barzani, called for elections. The democratic process in Kurdistan has now bloomed and yielded fruit. The government’s legitimacy now originates from the people, and the leaders of the Kurdistan Region today enjoy the support of the majority of our people.

Many of our leaders have contributed to this process, but we should also remember the role of President Jalal Talabani in transforming our revolutionary authority into an elected civil authority. His efforts in this regard were unforgettable in the history of the democratic process of Kurdistan.

Events are now happening quickly and we must, accordingly, act wisely to further advance the experiment of the Kurdistan Region. Our program should be in the interest of all the people of Kurdistan, not just in the interest of some individuals, or a single political party.

An evaluation of the situation of Kurdistan Region

Accordingly, it is necessary to make an objective evaluation of the Region’s current situation and see where we are. Today we are in a crucial and historical period of our history. Our people have never been as hopeful about their future as they are today. However, there are still many challenges ahead. Unity among us and a unified voice on national issues will be the main factor behind our success.

Our political relations during the time of our armed struggle were helpful for achieving freedom in this country. However, today, these relations need to be revised and renewed so that they are up-to-date with the political realities of this era. Adaptation is not easy, and it is not without pain, but we must learn from the past.

Reorganizing our house, building consensus on decisive national issues, and facing the threats on our nation will be our top priorities. In this regard, as a government, we will strive to be a connection point between the political parties of Kurdistan, both the opposition and those in authority. We will work to act as the government of all the people of Kurdistan.

Fighting fear

Since 2003 we have been living in an entirely different environment. We have been living in a process of renewed hope supported by political will. We have made bold decisions that even our friends have not expected us to make. Like most persecuted and oppressed nations, there have been times when we thought that we would not succeed. However, the fear of failure has proven to be the primary obstacle which prevented us from achieving our dream of a bright future.

Failure is always a possibility for a project that has not been tried before. In a process like this we will be tested, but this test is an indispensable part of achieving great goals. Though the process is still continuing, when we erased fear from our minds and actions, many doors were opened and we became unafraid of failure.

Since the start of the first cabinet of the Kurdistan Regional Government in 1992, and especially after 2006, we have tried our best to increase the quality of all KRG services and thereby the welfare of our people, and we have achieved much. All of us were waiting for better and faster services, but to achieve this we had to believe in two principles. First, that we are able to achieve the impossible. Secondly, we had to erase fear from our minds. And, in the future, we must continue to believe in these two principles.

In all the revolutions and uprisings of Kurdistan, from the leaders to the youth, all have believed that victory will be achieved one day. Although, at those times, the conditions for victory were not available, the Peshmerga never lost hope. They fought and struggled voluntarily, believing that they could achieve the impossible. They believed in their own abilities and that they could achieve their dreams.

Unfortunately sometimes doubt and fear are created and spread among our people. Sometimes an impression is presented that there are smarter people out there who can solve our problems, that there are people with better abilities and better resources who can create solutions in the blink of an eye just like a sorcerer. Well, the reality is that there are no other people out there who have the ability and resolve to solve our issues except for ourselves.

After the collapse of the Ba'ath regime in 2003, we decided to participate in the building of a democratic federal Iraq, where our rights and freedoms would be protected by a constitution. But we now have a lot of reasons to ask whether this system can serve our interests or not.

The Federal Government must respond transparently to the demands of the people of Kurdistan

Unfortunately Iraq is still challenged by the threat of political instability. As a Region, we still have important unresolved issues with the federal government. We insist that the federal government answer the demands of the people of Kurdistan in a transparent manner and according to the federal constitution, as addressing these issues are the legal and constitutional duties of the federal government. Amongst the most important issues are: Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution, the budget, the hydrocarbons law, and establishing a real partnership in power. Accordingly, we will continue to press for the rights and legitimate demands of our people to be met through the constitution and other suitable mechanisms with Baghdad.

Our method of dealing with Baghdad is a national issue that all the politicians and experts of the Region should attentively deal with. We plan to establish a united front to negotiate with the federal government. Right now, there is no consensus on a unified position for dealing with Baghdad. The situation requires that we make haste in forming a High Council of Negotiations with Baghdad. Participating in this Council will be the duty of all political parties, both those in government and the opposition, so that a consensus is built in order for negotiations with the Federal Government to start again. This is an issue that is relevant to all the people of Kurdistan, and we have a historical responsibility to address it.

We as the Kurdistan Regional Government have decided to work seriously and in a deliberate manner so that the people of the disputed areas will no longer live in suffering and fear. We are certain that if this issue is addressed through the constitution, all these areas will return to the Kurdistan Region. In order to achieve this goal, we believe it is important for the Kurdish bloc in the federal parliament and the Kurdish ministers in Baghdad to coordinate closely with the KRG.

The Federal Government has not fulfilled the promises it has made to the Iraqi people in general and to the Kurdistan Region and the Kurdish political leadership in particular.

The Kurdistan Region enjoys good relations with neighbouring and other countries in the region, and we will continue developing these relations on the basis of mutual respect and bilateral interests. Our relations with Arab and World countries have also developed considerably. Many countries have expressed their readiness to establish good relations with the Kurdistan Region, and we will continue our efforts to build friendly relations with all the countries of the world.

A constitution is the most important political and social contract of every country and nation

Everyone respects it. Over the past two years, there has been lots of talk about the constitution of the Kurdistan Region. Questions have been raised about the future of the Kurdistan Region, and what its structure and constitutional position will look like.

Our draft constitution contains a lot of good articles and resolutions, and it was approved by the previous session of parliament, but we believe that this constitution needs to be reviewed by all political parties, legislators, experts, social and religious components of our society so that we will have a constitution that brings all the people of Kurdistan together and which will develop a system for the future of our people. And, because this will be the first constitution of Kurdistan, it should be put up for referendum and the people should be able to freely choose to either vote for it or not. And, a proper timeline should be established to achieve this goal.

Devolving some powers

Additionally, we will try to unify the institutions within the Kurdistan Regional Government as soon as possible in order to make this government the government of every individual in the Kurdistan Region because, after 21 years, we still see that power is in the upper part of the government pyramid. This has been an unexpected result of old philosophies, but we see that centralisation is not always positive and it creates gaps between the government and the people.

Accordingly, our first tasks will include devolving some of the powers and authorities and allocating more budgets to provincial, district and sub-district councils. At that time people will feel closer to the government and feel that they can join with the government in helping to make decisions.

Over the next few days I will try to meet with the heads of the parliamentary blocs to discuss this process and the drafting of a bill that will devolve power to the provinces and lower administrative units with them. No province should feel ignored in helping to make this a government for all of the people.

Corruption can be tackled

As for corruption, it is a widely talked about subject in Kurdistan. The KRG has conducted research into this issue through specialized institutions. Work has been done to define and eliminate corruption, and this process will continue. Though the Kurdistan Region has been praised by international organizations as being better than the rest of Iraq, we will work to eliminate it and not ignore it. Corruption isn't so serious that we cannot confront it, and it will be dealt with.

While it is true that the journey to eradicate corruption starts with one step, other important steps are also needed, including: political will, realistic programs, a national consensus, a strong and professional legal system, the media to act as responsible monitors, and the passage of some laws by the Kurdistan Parliament.

These steps will undoubtedly become a part of our efforts to eliminate corruption, and we will insist on taking them. The Reform Committee established by the Presidency of the Kurdistan Region has already drawn a roadmap to confront corruption, and this shows that both the people and the leadership are on the same page regarding this issue.

Kurdistan Region towards a bright future

We will rule with the support of our people, and without hesitation we will fulfill the promises that we have made. In all post-war countries and regions, problems arise. But our people must also see the progress and the achievements that are being made, so that their hopes for the future will not diminish.

We are heading towards a bright future, because there is a strong will to tackle our shortcomings. We will work to form a neutral committee to act within the framework of law to follow up with any issue resulting from misconduct and a failure to fulfill one’s duties.

We would like to assure the people of Kurdistan, both inside and outside the Region, that we will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to secure a better and more promising future for them. We will achieve this through greater transparency and fair governance. We know that it is very important to strengthen trust between the government and the people and that this trust can only be strengthened when the government is working transparently and maintaining its accountability.

The government, on its part, must work professionally and effectively. It must pay more attention to presenting better services and support for the needy and the poor.

Working with the Kurdistan Parliament

The Kurdistan Parliament is the most important democratic establishment in the Region, and it is the source of legal authority. Aside from their own political affiliation, the members of parliament bear an important responsibility to monitor and follow up the work and activities of the government.

We will have strong relations with the Parliament. We will accept its members’ notes and criticisms, and we will be ready to go to parliament if we are needed to answer questions or explain government activity.

As Prime Minister, I will closely work with the Parliament and meet with all the Parliamentary blocs, so that our policies and work program can achieve the broadest support possible.

Reducing party influence in governance

Like all democratic systems, Kurdistan needs a plurality of political parties and diverse points of view, but at the same time, political parties must not interfere with the function of government, and each side must carry out its own tasks and responsibilities regardless of its differences.

We will develop clear policies to separate the influence of political parties from the government. Serious efforts were made during the fifth and sixth cabinets in this direction, and we will continue with these efforts.

Rule of Law

Another serious part of our task will be focusing on upholding the supremacy of law. This will not happen by just talking about it; we must pave the way for the judicial and public prosecution systems in the Kurdistan Region to work independently. We also plan to reform the judicial system altogether.

The KRG should support the judicial authority and prevent interferences with its work. Everyone must be treated equally in front of the law. Social justice will be ensured when the supremacy of law is upheld. No one should allow themselves to interfere with the course of the law. As a government, we will do all that we can to support this judicial authority in the Region.

Security and stability

Since 2003, Iraq has witnessed many political and security problems, and instability has prevailed throughout the country, except in the Kurdistan Region. A lot of malicious efforts have been made to bring instability to Kurdistan like the rest of Iraq, to make it another battlefield for sectarian and ethnic conflicts. However, thanks to the unity among us, and the strategic agreement between our political groups, those efforts have failed, and they will continue to fail in the future as well.

The security and stability that the Kurdistan Region is enjoying has not been achieved by chance. It has been obtained through the hard work of our sons in the Peshmerga, Zeravani, police, Asayish, emergency and anti-terror forces. These are diligent and faithful members of our country, and they deserve all our appreciation and respect. We will work to further develop these forces and to enhance the security sector’s standing as an important national institution.

Better services

While the KRG is proud of the security and stability that it has achieved for its people, our cabinet is going to issue a number of new decrees regarding its coming activities. Some will be the government's duties to carry out, but others will be the responsibility of individuals, groups and civil society organizations, and these will require joint efforts to be implemented.

We know it is our, responsibility to present better services to our people, and serving our people is a holy obligation for us. And, over recent years we have achieved considerable development, but because of the rapid growth of our cities, we still have a lot of work to do. Of course the governmental institutions present their own analysis and reports about the status of the services offered, but we also need the opinions and evaluations of the people regarding government projects as well.

The three major cities of the Kurdistan Region have witnessed lots of economic development, and one can easily recognize the level of services and job opportunities that are available in these cities. However, unfortunately, there are still many other areas of the Kurdistan Region where people do not enjoy similar levels of services and job availability.

Equal service to the People

As a national institution, the KRG would like its citizens to participate in decision making through the parliament, provincial councils and civil and political institutions; we would like to offer services equally to all citizens.

Doctors and staff of hospitals must work harder and pay respectful attention to the patients. There should always be specialist doctors at emergency wards. People should trust their hospitals. We will try to stop and prevent the import and sale of low quality medicine, and we will prosecute any person who is proven to be involved at any level. We task the Ministry of Health and other relevant departments to make confronting this issue one of their top priorities.

The Consumer Rights Law is a start toward resolving this issue, but at the same time, the Kurdistan Regional Government will continue to build hospitals and health centers and continue to educate and train doctors and health professionals. The Ministry of Health must continue to work on maintaining and promoting good quality health services and not only treating patients.

Consumer Rights Law and a Board to monitor the price and quality of commodities

We often hear that people complain about the continuous increase in the prices of major commodities. People fear that they will not be able to afford their daily needs if prices continue to go up. This issue needs to be addressed.

While we try to build our economic future and support the private sector, we unfortunately see the prices of some commodities and necessities are going up without any reason. If we discover that this skyrocketing of prices is being caused by some businessmen who are misusing the support that the government has offered them, then we will take serious measures to control this abuse.

To their credit, the Kurdistan Parliament has already worked to help address this problem. Two years ago they passed the Consumer Rights Law. We will implement this and all other laws passed by the parliament, and we will work with the KRG Ministry of Planning to establish a board to monitor the prices and qualities of the merchandise that are imported into the Kurdistan Region. We must work so that both merchants and consumers benefit from the policies of a free market and so that people can afford to buy their necessities at fair prices.

Financial assistance

The government will continue to offer loans and mortgages to those who need them in order to make it easier for them to get married, build houses or complete other projects.

We will also work with the KRG Ministry of Finance to find a mechanism to better support the Region's pensioners and to review and eliminate the gaps in their salaries.

Government transparency

Many people believe that the government is working secretly or is hiding information from them. However, all the decisions of the government have to do with the people and their livelihood or with the future of the Kurdistan Region. Therefore we will strive to make the decision making process open and transparent and to make information available to the people so that they can be informed regarding the activities of the government.

The KRG, as a national institution, is the product of direct elections of the people and it has nothing to hide. It is very disappointing that some groups are trying to portray the government as an enemy of the people; such behavior will create long term distrust and will have negative consequences for all parties, for society, and for the country as a whole.

We will work to encourage a sense of citizenship and to make every individual proud of his nation and his country's interests.

Government jobs

Our people deserve the best opportunities, and when it comes to seeking jobs with the KRG, we will strive to ensure that hiring is both competitive and transparent.

Political parties should not interfere with the hiring process of the government, and we will work to uphold this principle. Hiring must be done according to the needs of government departments, percentages of graduates, degrees, professionalism and within the budget allocation of the year the hiring process is planned for. The sixth cabinet built a good foundation for this process and we will continue the policy that they began.

Individual responsibility

We do admonish ourselves when some of our people feel alienated from the political process, but in addition to all that the government does, there must also be other institutions to follow up and study the situation and needs of Kurdistan’s people.

Other services

A lot has been done in making services such as fuel and electricity available to our people. But, due to the rapid expansion of urban areas in our cities and an increase in population, more power is needed to meet our growing needs. We would like to assure you that the government is ready to allocate a substantial amount of funds to support the power sector and make the lives of the people easier.

We will pay more attention to protection of the environment and to preserving the Region’s natural wealth as well. The Environment Board must work harder to support environmental protection efforts so that the preservation of Kurdistan's environment will be in line with world standards.

Our goal is to make the Kurdistan Region more open, more tolerant and diversified in its economic resources. We also aim to further develop our natural resources and distribute these revenues equally among our citizens.

We will use our authority within the framework of the Iraqi Constitution

Over the past five years, the Kurdistan Region has made great steps forward in the fields of developing natural resources and energy industries. We use our authority and freedom of work, in this field, within the framework of the Iraqi constitution. We do this, in order that this wealth can be used for the welfare and future of our people.

Although we still have disagreements with the federal government over oil issues, we believe that our policies in this regard are right and that we can become one of the major suppliers of energy in the region and in the world. And, it is now time to think how our country and people can most benefit from the revenues of their oil.

We will continue our policy of developing and advancing the Kurdistan Region with the participation of local and international companies. With these steps we can make the Kurdistan Region an economically free area, where we can create many more job opportunities for our people.

As for housing projects, all the sections of our society must benefit from the projects that are being built on the Region’s soil, especially the impoverished people. Therefore, we will try to issue regulations in accordance to law so that the impoverished sections of our society may also benefit from these projects.

As you know, tourism is a very important source of revenue for modern countries. It is viewed as an industry, economic infrastructure and even as an important means of helping to preserve culture. Developing this field in accordance with a well-studied program is high on our agenda.

We also aim at further supporting the international fairs in all aspects in order to attract international companies to our Region. We have to work to expand the international appeal of the Kurdistan Region’s fairs. These efforts will encourage trade movements and help to create jobs and business partnerships.

The KRG Ministries should each review their staff lists and end the issue of disguised unemployment. In this way we can make job opportunities available to new graduates and to the youth.

Reviving the agricultural sector

Unfortunately, so far we have not been able to guarantee food security for our people. However, the KRG considers reviving the agricultural sector to be a very important task, and we will do our best to help achieve food security for our people through encouraging domestic production and depending less on imported agricultural products. We must achieve self-sufficiency and protect domestic produce in this vital sector.

We will work to transform the Kurdistan Region society from consumers to producers. This will be achieved through developing the agricultural, industrial and trade sectors. This will take time, but we must begin by building a foundation for it first.

Social progress, human rights, and ethnic/religious tolerance

We are taking steps to renew and rebuild a contemporary society, but we are also facing the threat of losing some of our cultural, historical and traditional values. Although we are using new technologies in our daily lives, we have not always made the best use of them. Some of these technologies have created and enhanced social problems.

In order to better understand each other and prolong the culture of peaceful coexistence that we have achieved, we must rely on a national dialogue to discuss current social issues. We must use dialogue to build a unified voice on the protecting the future of our society and preserving our culture. We must try to protect our society's valuable traditions and national history from the misuse of technology and from misinterpreting new ideas and concepts.

We will also work to further strengthen democracy and human rights, especially the rights of women and children, by protecting them from domestic violence and empowering women through allowing them to assume better and more effective roles in the KRG.

One of our main goals will be protecting fraternal relations and coexistence in the Region and further encouraging respect for all religions and ethnic groups. We must take care to protect the valuable cultural and social norms and traditions of our society.

We say it frankly that the majority of our people are Muslims. The Religion of Islam is part of our valuable traditions and we will not allow anyone to misuse freedom to disrespect Islam. However, at the same time we will not allow religion to be used for political reasons to attack the principles of democracy. For us, religion is a force to encourage peace and fraternity among people, not to create enmities and differences. Accordingly, we will also not allow anyone to disrespect other religions in the Kurdistan Region.

Kurds, Turcomans, Arabs, Chaldeans, Syriacs, Assyrians and Armenians have all long lived peacefully together in the Kurdistan Region, and we have always respected each other.

History bears witness to the unity and fraternity among Shabak, Kakayee, Yezidi and Faili Kurds. The Kurdish identity gathers us all and forever.

The KRG respects all the components of Kurdistan’s society, and supporting freedoms for them all is one of our duties. The KRG belongs to all and is proud of the rich mosaic of our society.

The Kurdish Diaspora and our youth

The Kurdish Diaspora is part of our family. If there has been any shortcomings in our dealing with them and listening to their issues in the past, we hope that from now on we will live up to their expectations. However, they too should strive to live up to the expectations of their country and use their experiences and skills to benefit Kurdistan; because today, they can be of huge benefit to the Kurdistan Region.

Our youth are our national wealth. Activating and paying attention to the programs that help and support our youth to enjoy and lead better lives was one of the important initiatives of the previous cabinet, and we will likewise continue to support youth programs in the new cabinet.

The youth of Kurdistan must be given the opportunity to excel in their fields of interest, such as sports and authentic Kurdish arts, and the KRG must also encourage them to become intellectuals, writers and historians so that they enrich the libraries and cultural archives of Kurdistan.

The media is our aide

The KRG is committed to support and promote the freedom of journalism and provide for their protection within the framework of the law. We must work to further improve our record in the area of freedom of the press, and in this regard, we need the support of international and civil society organizations.

Law No.35 guarantees the freedom of journalism in the Region, and in this new cabinet, we will consider the media as our aide. Journalists will monitor the activities of the government, pinpoint its shortcomings and publish truthful reports and information. In this way the government will work even more efficiently.

One of the features of democratic societies is the freedom that vocational, social and civil society organizations enjoy. Our organizations must be more active than before. They are called the third sector, and their role must be visible in making positive changes in various aspects of life, especially in the areas of public awareness and the availability of public information.

International recognition of the genocide against the Kurds

The crimes that were committed against the people of Kurdistan were not less than what is known in the international community as genocide. Although a lot has been achieved in the effort to promote the recognition of the genocide against the Kurdish people by governments and organizations throughout the world, we need to broaden our efforts to make the Anfal campaigns and the use of chemical weapons by the former regime of Iraq universally recognised as genocide amongst prominent international groups.

The fact that the Iraqi High Criminal Court has recognised many massacres against the Kurdish people as acts of genocide has created an important foundation for our efforts to promote wider international recognition. We are grateful for this recognition, and we also appreciate the efforts of some European parties and politicians who have also supported this case and who have endeavored to widen the international recognition of the massacres against the Kurdish people as acts of genocide.

While commending these supportive efforts, it is likewise appropriate to here criticize the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights for not cooperating with the KRG to look into these massacres and to help uncover the evidence in a scientific manner that would meet basic global standards. The KRG wants to uncover the mass graves in a scientific manner and then transfer the bodies of the victims back to Kurdistan. This is a national and patriotic duty. Therefore, the Parliament, ministers and the Kurdish participants in the Iraqi Government must do their part and cooperate with the Iraqi Government to fulfill this national duty.

We will work with the Iraqi Government so that it encourages its Ministry of Human Rights to seriously coordinate with us in this regard. We urge universities and academic circles to prepare research on the massacres that have been perpetrated on the Kurds. And, at the same time we in the KRG will work continuously to provide the best services possible to the families of the victims of these crimes.

We have a lively Community that wants to progress

Ladies and Gentlemen, no Prime Minister, or government, can resolve all the problems of his country alone, in the blink of an eye. Many of the problems that we see today are the result of the continuous development, renewal and changes that are taking place in our society.

Only ten years ago the people of the Kurdistan Region were under serious threat. Now they are talking about quality of services, fighting corruption and the rule of law, and this is actually very heartening. It sends the message that our people are vibrant, seek progress and endeavour for a better life by urging the government to offer better services. And this exchange only makes the government more effective and the society more progressive.

Like any democratic government, we will work hard to meet the needs and help to realize the dreams of our people. And of course we should not expect that our government's decisions will be approved by all parties. The approval of the majority in the Parliament is one of the principles of parliamentary democracy the world over. Open and free dialogue in parliament is also a sign of adhering to the principles of democratic governance.

The KRG sees the answer in agreement, by all parties, to find mutual solutions to all issues and decisions within the framework of the law. And this will be strong evidence that the elected political powers in Kurdistan are committed to providing for the interests of the people of Kurdistan.

Working to realize the dream of the people

It is KRG's pleasure to work hard to realise the dream of Kurdistan’s people to achieve prosperity and freedom for them, and we will never ignore this deeply felt responsibility to our history.

There is no doubt that there are good opportunities ahead of us. But the government, Parliament and the people must not forget that we all have to work together. If we work against each other, then we will make no progress; no one will be happy, and then we will point the fingers of blame at each other.

We hope that this time we will all work together to start a civil national dialogue. It is true that we have differences of opinion, but this is the nature of work and life. We agree on the national and vital issues, therefore we can come together to hold active and serious talks to determine our future.

Our doors are open to all of those who want to help us in the process of developing Kurdistan. We promise you, as Prime Minister and Cabinet members, to stay in continuous touch with all the segments of our society and listen to them as much as we can spare time.

We are ready, far from politics, to extend a hand of cooperation and fraternity in order to bring about a shared effort and work together to advance the position of the Kurdistan Region and improve the living conditions of our people.

Once again thank you all. Especially my dear brother Dr Barham and all of his colleagues in the KRG's sixth cabinet.

See also the press release: Kurdistan Parliament approves new KRG Cabinet; New Prime Minister calls for united front in Baghdad negotiations