Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met Turkey’s Prime Minister Receb Tayyip Erdogan to discuss recent developments in the Middle East, bilateral relations, the situation in Syria, developments in Iraq and the preparations for the Kurdish national congress.
Mr Barzani was accompanied by the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Deputy Prime Minister Emad Ahmed, Natural Resources Minister Ashti Hawrami and KRG Spokesman Safeen Dizayee. The meeting was also attended by Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz, and Customs and Trade Minister Hayati Yazici.
Both sides emphasised the importance of strengthening economic and trade relations and increasing coordination in the field of energy.
The current political and security situation in Iraq and the meetings between the KRG and Baghdad officials were also discussed. Turkey repeated its support for improving relations between the KRG and Baghdad and the mutual visits between the two sides to find solutions through negotiations.
The meeting with Mr Erdogan followed a meeting yesterday with Foreign Minister Davutoglu in which the Syrian crisis, including the role of the Syrian-Kurdish parties, was discussed. They also discussed the Kurdish national congress, a conference of the representatives of all parts of Kurdistan that is due to take place in August.
In both meetings, the Turkish side stated its support for solving the Kurdish issue through peaceful means, which has also been the message of Kurdistan Region’s President Masoud Barzani.