KDP President Masoud Barzani, Dutch diplomat discuss bilateral ties

President Barzani said the Kurdish people will never forget their friends and thanked the Dutch people and government for welcoming Kurdish refugees in times of crisis.
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani (right) during his meeting with Hans Sandee, the Netherlands' departing ambassador to Iraq, June 24, 2024. (Photo: Barzani Headquarters)
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani (right) during his meeting with Hans Sandee, the Netherlands' departing ambassador to Iraq, June 24, 2024. (Photo: Barzani Headquarters)

ERBIL (Kurdistan24) – Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Monday discussed bilateral ties with Hans Sandee, the Netherlands' departing ambassador to Iraq, according to a statement from Barzani Headquarters.

In this meeting, the Dutch Ambassador expressed his gratitude for the relations between the Kurdistan Region and the Netherlands and thanked the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) for always supporting and promoting these relations, especially in the areas of economy, agriculture, and investment. As part of the international coalition, he also reiterated the country's continued assistance to the Kurdistan Peshmerga forces.

Additionally, KDP President Barzani expressed his gratitude to the Dutch Ambassador for his efforts in the past and wished him success in his new role. He also praised the relations between the two governments.

President Barzani said the Kurdish people will never forget their friends and thanked the Dutch people and government for welcoming Kurdish refugees in times of crisis.

There was also discussion about the political and security situation in the region, relations between the KRG and the Iraqi Government, and the upcoming Kurdistan parliamentary elections.

The Netherlands has been helping the Kurdistan Region in further developing its agricultural sector.

The European country has supported local investors as well as the Ministry of Agriculture by sharing expertise to modernize the sector.

As part of the international coalition against ISIS, the Dutch military trains the Peshmerga forces.