Russian Special Representative meets KRG Leadership

KRG President Masoud Barzani met with the Special Representative of the Russian President for the Middle East and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov (pictured) in Salahaddin this week to discuss strengthening ties between Russia and the Kurdistan Region.

Deputy Foreign Minister Bogdanov said his government is keen to build on the historic ties and friendship between the peoples of Kurdistan and Russia. Russia wishes to develop existing relations to include cooperation in trade, the economy and energy, he said.

He delivered a letter from Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov inviting President Barzani to visit Moscow for further talks on strengthening relations.

Accepting the invitation, President Barzani said the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is also eager to strengthen ties with Russia, adding that there are many areas of potential cooperation between the two sides.

The delegation also met Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani during their two-day visit to the Region.

“We are pleased to have this opportunity to discuss further developing the ties between the Russian and Kurdish peoples,” the Prime Minister said, adding, “It is a symbol of our longstanding friendship that Russia was one of the first countries to establish a Consulate General in Erbil.”

The Deputy Minister said that he was impressed by Kurdistan’s security and stability, as well as the fast pace of development and progress. He said that he would like to see more Russian companies taking advantage of the opportunities available.

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