BBC’s Maryam Moshiri praises her interview with PM Barzani

“He is an amazing interviewee. He is someone who answers your questions," Moshiri said of Prime Minister Barzani.
British Chief Presenter Maryam Moshiri speaking to Kurdistan 24 at MEPS23 in Duhok, Nov. 21, 2023. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)
British Chief Presenter Maryam Moshiri speaking to Kurdistan 24 at MEPS23 in Duhok, Nov. 21, 2023. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The BBC’s chief presenter Maryam Moshiri on Tuesday praised her interview with Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, describing the Kurdish official’s answers as “very good and concrete”.

Ms Moshiri on Tuesday afternoon chaired a special and wide-ranging conversation with Prime Minister Barzani on the second day of the Middle East Peace and Security Forum (MEPS23) in Duhok.

In the one-hour-plus conversation, which touched upon numerous national and regional topics, the premier explained his cabinet’s positions on the pressing issues, including the ongoing Hamas-Israel war, Erbil-Baghdad relations, climate change, and the role of women and youth.

Kurdistan 24, the media sponsor of the annual event held by the American University of Kurdistan (AUK), conducted an interview with Ms Moshiri on the sidelines of the forum, where she shared her thoughts on the interview.

“He is an amazing interviewee. He is someone who answers your questions, which is different to British politicians who you ask questions they do not answer them a lot of time,” Moshiri said, adding she felt that she had “really got under the surface” of his remarks.

“He gave very good and concrete answers,” she said, adding she did not share any questions with the premier’s staff beforehand

The British journalist went further and described Prime Minister Barzani as “a very honest man; a very straightforward man.”

The premier on Tuesday in the interview said that his cabinet has more female ministers than the entire Kurdistan Region Government (KRG) cabinets, adding he equally supports equality and meritocracy.

“It is very clear to me that Prime Minister Barzani prioritizes women,” she said, adding that Kurdish women are very “strong and beautiful”.

Hundreds of politicians, diplomats, pundits, and journalists participated in a three-day MEPS forum to discuss the regional and domestic issues concerning peace and security. 

The former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, this year, attended the forum.