Iraqi Kurdistan’s President, Masoud Barzani, and Prime Minister, Barham Salih, have met Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dirk Niebel.
Mr Niebel was accompanied by two members of Germany’s federal parliament and several business representatives.
At their meeting, President Barzani told the delegation that he hopes the Kurdistan Region’s already excellent diplomatic and commercial relations with Germany will become even stronger.
Minister Niebel said that he was impressed with the Kurdistan Region’s development and hopes to see Kurdistan progressing further over the next few years. The minister briefed the President on his visit to Iraq and the Kurdistan Region and discussed a number of projects that his ministry intends to explore.
President Barzani and Mr Niebel also discussed the latest political developments in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the need to complete the formation of the Iraqi government with the last few ministerial posts.
Mr Niebel and his delegation extended an invitation to President Barzani to visit Germany to continue their discussions on economic cooperation.The President last visited Germany in 2010 and met Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle.
The German foreign minister and his delegation also met Prime Minister Salih, visited Erbil Chamber of Commerce, a German secondary school in Erbil, and the Goethe Institute’s Kurdistan office. The delegation met many KRG officials and members of the local business community at a reception at the Rotana Hotel.
Germany opened a consulate in Erbil in 2009. Kurdistan’s institutions have agreements with the country on language, education and cultural exchanges, and many German trade delegations and have visited the Region.