ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – The Croatian envoy in Iraq on Monday expressed its country’s support to the Kurdistan Region’s economy sector by training the Region’s tourism employees.
The Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani met the new Croatian Ambassador to Iraq Evan Yorick and his accompanied delegates in Erbil.
During the meeting, Yorick praised the security and stability of the Kurdistan Region and the role of Peshmerga forces in the fight against the Islamic State (IS).
The Croatian Ambassador applauded the Kurdish forces who protect all ethnic and religious groups in the region regardless of their background, according to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) press office.
Additionally, Yorick mentioned Croatia had contributed in the battle against IS by providing support to Kurdistan.
During the meeting, both sides discussed the bilateral relations between Croatia and the Kurdistan Region.
The Ambassador stated his country was ready to help the KRG with economic development, especially in opening training missions for tourism sector employees.
PM Barzani thanked the Croatian government for the military aid provided to Peshmerga.
He also expressed the KRG’s readiness in developing diplomatic and economic ties with Croatia, especially in the tourism sector which Barzani believes would help boost the Region.
The current situation in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq, and the IS war among other topics was discussed during the meeting.
The tourism sector of the Region has been re-growing lately after it was affected by the emergence of the extremist group in Mosul in June 2014.
In 2016, the number of tourists visiting Kurdistan had largely increased with most of the visitors from other parts of Iraq.
Visitors said the Region was the only safe haven in the country to spend vacations in, officials from the sector had previously told Kurdistan24.
The Kurdistan Region is rich in natural resources, including oil and gas. As a result, the KRG aims to diversify revenue by developing the agriculture and tourism sectors.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany