Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Nechirvan Barzani met on Monday with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le-Drian and his accompanying delegation, which included the French ambassador to Iraq, the general consul in Erbil and several diplomats.
A statement by KRG said “the meeting, attended by the deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani and number of ministers tackled the political situation in Iraq and Kurdistan. It also mulled the formation of the new cabinet and attempts of forming new government in Kurdistan.”
Le-Drian, according to the statement, “expressed happiness for visiting Erbil as well as support for Kurdistan and Iraq. He indicated importance of strengthening bilateral ties.”
For his part, Barzani “offered thanks to France for the ongoing support toward Kurdistan, especially the support offered, through the international cooperation, during the war against terrorism.”
Barzani also praised the role played by President Emmanuel Macron for his diplomatic efforts and contribution to dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad to resolve the conflict that erupted following Erbil's attempt to split in 2017.
“The meeting pondered the ties between Kurdistan and Iraq as well as the recent developments in the region, war against terrorism and other issues,” the statement added.
On the same day, Le Drian visited Baghdad, where he met with Iraqi Prime Minister of the federal government Adil Abd al-Mahdi.