Mr Lyrwall spoke of Sweden’s interest in resolving Iraqi political disagreements through dialogue and peaceful means, adding that Sweden has a longstanding and historical relationship with the Kurds.
He said, “We are ready to further cement this relationship, and we will continue to support the developments in Kurdistan.”
The two sides discussed the recent provincial elections, ties with neighbouring countries and the infighting in Syria. Minister Bakir underlined the importance of the peace process in Turkey and called upon the EU to support the efforts.
Minister Bakir also met with the Sweden-Kurdistan Parliamentary Network. There are currently seven Kurdish MPs in the Swedish parliament, which recently recognised the attacks against the Kurds in Iraq as an act of genocide.
The parliamentary group spoke of their continued support for the Kurdish people and the democratic process in Kurdistan and touched on initiatives to transfer knowledge and experience to Kurdish MPs and institutions in the region.
The delegation was later hosted by the Federation of Kurdish Associations in Sweden representing various Kurdish political parties, and with the Kurdish Cooperation Committee in Sweden.
Throughout his visit Minister Bakir was accompanied by Mr Khola and by Mr Jamal.