Representatives of Poland’s Malopolska Region on Monday in Erbil signed a Declaration of Cooperation with the Kurdistan Region. The agreement marks a significant step in relations between Poland and Kurdistan.
The declaration was signed by Mr Marek Sowa, the Marshal of Poland’s Malopolska Region, and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Trade and Industry Sinan Celebi. At the ceremony, attended by a large number of ministers and officials, Marshal Sowa said that he was happy to be signing the declaration and that more needs to be done to further develop mutual relations. He invited an official delegation from the Kurdistan Region to visit the Malopolska Region in the near future.
Poland’s Ambassador to Iraq, Stanislaw Smolen, said, “By signing this declaration, Poland, Polish authorities in Warsaw, and in Kraków, have demonstrated political will, and readiness, to enhance new Iraqi statehood.” He added, “Poland would like, not only to contribute, but to be part of your progress and success.”
President Masoud Barzani met the Polish delegation on Tuesday and accepted their invitation to attend an economic forum in Malopolska, aimed at promoting public and private links between the peoples of the two regions.
Marshal Sowa said that Malopolska, with its strong reputation for education, medicine, agriculture and other sectors, could be of assistance to the Kurdistan Region. He congratulated President Barzani on the development he saw during his visit, and said that the Polish people would like to play a key role in continuing these efforts.
The delegation also met the Head of the KRG’s Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa, to discuss recent developments at the regional and federal levels. Minister Mustafa expressed his hope that Poland will join the more than twenty other countries that have opened foreign representations in the Region.
Minister Mustafa said, “The signing of this agreement is a very positive step, and it will serve as a roadmap to guide our cooperation in the future, strengthen our relations, increase our trade and lead to visits that result in concrete progress.” He added, “We hope that relations will not only be strengthened between our two governments, but also between our peoples, cities and businesses.”
The delegation also met the Speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament Dr Kamal Kirkuki and several ministers, including the Minister of Higher Education Dr Dlawer Ala’Aldeen; the Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources Jamil Sleiman Haider; the Minister of Transport and Communications Anwar Jabali Sabo; the Governor of Erbil Nawzad Hadi; and the Governor of Duhok Tamar Ramadan. The Polish delegation included the Chairman of the Malopolska Region Parliament Kazimierz Barczyk, as well as many other officials and business leaders.