PM Barzani, French envoy to Iraq discuss bilateral ties

The French ambassador reaffirmed his country's commitment to enhancing bilateral relations.
Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani (right) during his meeting with the new French Ambassador to Iraq, Patrick Dorrell, June 12, 2024. (Photo: KRG)
Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani (right) during his meeting with the new French Ambassador to Iraq, Patrick Dorrell, June 12, 2024. (Photo: KRG)

ERBIL (Kurdistan24) – Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Wednesday discussed bilateral ties with the new French Ambassador to Iraq, Patrick Dorrell, according to a statement from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

The Prime Minister congratulated him on assuming office and wished him success in his duties to further develop friendly relations between France and the Kurdistan Region.

The French ambassador reaffirmed his country's commitment to enhancing bilateral relations. He stated that shortly, a delegation of French companies would be visiting Iraq and the Kurdistan Region to boost trade and investment.

During another segment of the meeting, both sides discussed the significance of conducting the Kurdistan parliamentary elections at an appropriate time this year, with the involvement of all parties and communities. It was emphasized that these elections must be carried out in a manner that is both free and fair.

The resolution of issues between the Kurdistan Region and the federal government, based on the constitution, as well as the provision of the region's rights and financial entitlements, were also discussed.

 As an integral part of the US-led coalition against ISIS, France has provided the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces with training as well as air support in the Kurdish forces’ fight against the terror group between 2014 and 2017.

Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani (top right) during his meeting with the new French Ambassador to Iraq, Patrick Dorrell, June 12, 2024. (Photo: KRG)
Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani (top right) during his meeting with the new French Ambassador to Iraq, Patrick Dorrell, June 12, 2024. (Photo: KRG)