President Masoud Barzani met with French President François Hollande in Paris on Saturday.
In their meeting at the Élysée Palace, President Hollande and President Barzani discussed bilateral relations between France and the Kurdistan Region, the Syrian crisis and the role of the Syrian Kurds, and the political situation in Iraq.
Both sides hailed the rapid progress in economic and cultural cooperation between the two sides, and emphasized the importance of maintaining and further expanding these ties. President Barzani commended the role of France and the French people in giving their support to the Kurdish people in the past.
The two also discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria and the role of Kurds in that country. President Barzani reiterated that the Kurds in Syria are struggling for their democratic rights. He added that the crisis in Syria can only be ended through democratic and peaceful means.
On the developments in Iraq, particularly on disputes between Baghdad and Erbil, President Barzani said that following Prime Minister Nouri Maliki’s recent visit to Erbil, there is now a sense of rapprochement, and dialogue is underway between the two sides.