KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani led a KRG delegation to the 2012 World Economic Forum in Istanbul on June 4 and 5. He also attended private meetings with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and other senior Turkish officials, including Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglou.
In their meeting, Prime Minister Erdoğan welcomed the KRG delegation and discussed the ongoing developments in bilateral relations.
Prime Minister Barzani thanked the Turkish Prime Minister for the welcome saying, “The Kurdistan Region is pleased with the continued progress that we have been able to make in building an economic partnership between our peoples.” He added, “We are committed to building on our mutual needs and interests to promote a future of peace and opportunity for all of us.”
Both sides also discussed the ongoing political developments in Iraq and the broader region, agreeing that a government of true partnership must be formed and that the political crisis in Iraq must be solved through peaceful and constitutional means.
The Prime Minister was accompanied on his visit by KRG Minister of Natural Resources Ashti Hawrami, KRG Minister of Planning Dr Ali Sindi, and the Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa.
Minister Hawrami held meetings with Taner Yildiz, the Turkish Energy Minister, to further plans for cooperation between the KRG and Turkey in the energy sector.