France is expected to help Iraq and the Kurdistan Region to develop the agriculture sector, according to the French Minister of Foreign Trade who opened a French agriculture house in Erbil on Monday.
Anne-Marie Idrac arrived in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, after landing in Baghdad the day before in what became the first West European direct flight to Baghdad since the gulf war 20 years ago.
Idrac opened the French Agriculture and Environment House, which is expected to provide help to Iraq and Kurdistan boost the agriculture infrastructure as well as introduce Iraqi products to the outside world.
“The French government will help the KRG in the areas of water, reviving the agriculture sector, and training” said the French Minister, “this project will pave the way for signing many agricultural agreements between Iraq and France”
Idrac said the nature of Kurdistan Region was very suitable for agriculture but had not been put to good use. “We will seriously help Iraq and in particular the Kurdistan Region to revive this sector”.
“From now on, we will urge our companies to head to Kurdistan Region for business prospects” she said, “because we believe that business opportunities in Kurdistan are suitable and France will seriously work to get as many French companies as possible come to Kurdistan”.
The Kurdish President hailed the French-Kurdish relations. “we have felt, in all our visits to France, a sense of passion from that country towards the Kurdish cause”.
Barzani said he supported the agricultural developments in Kurdistan.
“My presence here is to show how much we care about agriculture as the soil of Kurdistan is fertile and suitable for the purpose” said Barzani, stressing that the region will welcome any French company to do investment in Kurdistan.