Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani yesterday received a delegation of The Netherland's Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee headed by Committee Chairperson Ms. Angeline Eijsink, along with representatives of political parties at the Dutch Parliament.
The delegation praised the people, government, and the Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Region, who, under very difficult circumstances, have been combating the Islamic State terrorist organization, ISIS, and preserving religious and ethnic diversity, which, they described, as a successful model for the Middle East.
They also discussed the current financial crisis and the Kurdistan Regional Government’s reform and austerity measures.
Prime Minister Barzani thanked the Dutch Government for their contribution to military and humanitarian efforts, and expressed hope that the international community will raise the level of its aid to the Kurdistan Region.
He informed the delegation about the measures being taken by the KRG to deal with the financial crisis, stressing that the cooperation of friendly countries is very much needed.
Regarding relations with Baghdad, Prime Minister Barzani said that although Iraqi Kurdistan has played an effective role since 2003, the complicated political situation in Iraq has, unfortunately, exposed a number of problems. However, he said, in spite of this the Kurdistan Region will continue its efforts to improve relations with Baghdad and neighboring countries, and enhance its international relations.
Regarding the anticipated referendum for independence, Prime Minister Barzani said that the issue of independence is a legitimate and natural right of the people of Iraqi Kurdistan. He said, however, it is an issue that should be discussed and resolved with Baghdad through dialogue and mutual understanding.