Kurdistan Region PM Barzani discusses stronger KRI-Lebanon relations with his Lebanese counterpart

“We discussed the latest developments in Iraq and the region and efforts to form a new Iraqi government.”
Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani in a meeting with Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati at the Munich Security Conference, Germany, Feb. 19, 2022. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)
Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani in a meeting with Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati at the Munich Security Conference, Germany, Feb. 19, 2022. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) - Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani met with Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati at the Munich Security Conference (MSC – 2022) in Germany on Saturday.

“On the margins of the Munich Security Conference, I met with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati,” wrote Barzani in a Facebook post. “We discussed the latest developments in Iraq and the region and efforts to form a new Iraqi government.” 

“We emphasized stronger KRI-Lebanon relations,” the Kurdish PM stated. 

This conversation is only one in a series of informal talks the prime minister has had with world leaders at the conference in the past two days.

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In these meetings, the prime minister discussed the continuing ISIS threat, the need for further cooperation between the Kurdistan Region and the world with regards to security and economic issues, and the importance of strengthening relations between the Gulf states and the Kurdistan Region. 

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Barzani has also discussed the Iraqi Federal Government’s attempt to curtail the Kurdistan Region's economic growth through the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the Kurdish oil and gas sector.  

Mikati is a Lebanese politician and businessman, and a three-time Prime Minister of Lebanon whose current term began in September 2021. He previously served as Prime Minister from June 2011 to February 2014, and from April to July 2005.