Kurdistan Regional Government
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UAE Foreign Minister meets President Barzani and Prime Minister Salih on first visit to Kurdistan

WED, 9 FEB 2011 16:25 | KRG Cabinet

Salahaddin, Kurdistan - Iraq (KRP.org) – President Masoud Barzani and Prime Minister Barham Salih on Friday in Erbil met the United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs, who was visiting the Kurdistan Region for the first time. They discussed bilateral relations, political developments in Iraq and plans to open a UAE consulate in Erbil.

In his meeting with President Barznai, HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan said, “Once we open a consulate here, more UAE companies will look to the Kurdistan Region for business and investment opportunities. Several direct flights connect Kurdistan with the UAE and there are plans for even more flights by UAE’s carriers FlyDubai, Etihad Airways and Emirates.”

Sheikh Abdullah also said that his country is particularly interested in cooperating with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in the oil and gas sectors. He invited President Barzani to visit the UAE for further talks on enhancing bilateral relations.

President Barzani said, “I happily accept your invitation to visit the UAE. We are also keen to enhance and diversify relations with your country. Indeed, many investment opportunities exist in Kurdistan, especially in the sectors of energy, tourism and agriculture. Enjoying good security, Kurdistan can also become a business gateway for the rest of Iraq.” He described the UAE’s decision to open a consulate in Erbil as very good news.

Prime Minister Salih and Sheikh Abdullah discussed bilateral relations, the political situation in Iraq and the wider the region, and the potential for academic scholarships to the UAE, and other exchange programmes.

Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari accompanied Sheikh Abdullah on his visit to Iraq and Kurdistan. The delegation was received at the airport by KRG Interior Minister Karim Sinjari, Head of Foreign Relations Falah Mustafa Bakir, and Higher Education Minister Dr Dlawer Ala’aldeen.