President of Iraqi Kurdistan, Masoud Barzani, hosted foreign diplomats and representatives of international organizations based in Erbil last week to discuss the latest political and economic developments in Kurdistan and in Iraq and to reflect on 2012.
The annual gathering, attended by Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of KRG Department of Foreign Relations, touched on several key issues, including the ongoing crisis facing the political process in Iraq, continued violence in Syria, and plans by the KRG to strengthen ties with the international community.
President Barzani said, “We greatly value your efforts and contributions in developing relations with the Kurdistan Region, and we are happy that there are now 26 foreign representations in Erbil.”
On the recent crises facing Iraq, President Barzani said that the cause is lack of adherence to the Iraqi Constitution and violation of existing agreements, while reaffirming his commitment to work with other Iraqi leaders to tackle disagreements.
“The main cause of these crises is non-commitment to the Iraqi Constitution. It is unfortunate to see an ongoing escalation of tensions in Iraq. Experience has demonstrated that Iraq can only be governed through partnership and genuine power-sharing. We are committed to the Constitution and we believe that dialogue is the only way to address the many serious challenges facing Iraq.”