Kurdistan Region Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, yesterday received the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, accompanied by Nadhim Zahawi, member of the British Parliament and a number of British businessmen.
Mr. Johnson expressed his pleasure for visiting the Kurdistan Region and witness personally the developments that have been achieved, and observe the progress made by the Kurdistan Peshmerga forces in their fight against the Islamic State terrorist organisation, known as ISIS. He considered that the terrorist organisation's threat goes beyond the Kurdistan borders, to the entire world.
He stressed London and Britain's desire to build strong relations with the Kurdistan Region, which would encourage cooperation with public sector and investment by British private companies in various economic sectors in the Kurdistan Region.
Prime Minister Barzani expressed his gratitude to the mayor of London for his and his delegation's visit, which he described as a move that would help to observe closely the situation in the Kurdistan Region.
He also expressed his government's gratitude for the humanitarian and military aid that the British government has provided to the Region, recalling that the government and the people of Great Britain have helped the Kurdistan Region in the nineties of the last century.
While Prime Minister Barzani reiterated the desire of the Kurdistan Regional Government to develop relations with Britain and benefit from its expertise, he expressed his hope that the UK will provide further military aid and heavy weapon to the Kurdistan Region Peshmerga forces in their fight against terrorism.
The Mayor of London informed the Prime Minister about his meeting with British military personnel who are training the Kurdistan Regional Government Peshmerga forces, which he described as satisfactory.
Commenting on Kurdistan Region's economic development, Mr. Boris Johnson, quoted by London City Hall website, said, “Over the last decade Kurdistan Region has seen considerable economic growth and social development, and I’m here to mark London’s role as an active ally in this ... The links between Britain and the Kurdistan Region are developing at an incredible pace, there is a dynamic and forward looking leadership here.” He considered the Kurdistan Region as an "area that has become a success story for the Middle East."