President Barzani: Big changes are on the way

“Big changes are on the way in the regional arena that requires more cooperation between Erbil and Ankara.”

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – The Islamic State (IS) war and conflict with Gulen-affiliated schools in the Kurdistan Region were a few of the topics that were discussed in the meetings with Turkish officials, according to President Barzani on Wednesday.

During a press conference that was held in Ankara, the President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani stated that he visited Turkey based on the request of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

President Barzani revealed that he had held many important meetings with Turkish officials in the country during his trip. 

“In the meetings, we discussed the bilateral relations between both sides including economy, politics, and security aspects,” Barzani continued. “We also discussed Erbil and Baghdad relations.”

Moreover, he mentioned that the IS war was one of the most important topics discussed in the meetings.

“Big changes are on the way in the regional arena that requires more cooperation between Erbil and Ankara,” Barzani added.

The President noted that a peace process is vital in Turkey, but it seems that more time is needed. 

“We haven’t lost hope, but unfortunately, some bad things have happened lately. We hope someday will come where the peace process will restart,” Barzani stated.

He also acknowledged that the issue with schools affiliated to Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen in Kurdistan was discussed.

“We agreed on how to solve this conflict in a way that won’t affect the students of the Kurdistan Region,” Barzani concluded.

On Tuesday, Barzani landed in Ankara and met different Turkish officials, including Erdogan, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, and Turkish Parliament Speaker Ismail Kahraman.

 

Editing by Karzan Sulaivany