Iran FM, Iraqi Kurdistan PM discuss issues of interest

IRNA – Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad-Javad Zarif and Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan Region met and discussed issues of mutual interests on Tuesday.

Zarif, who arrived in Iraqi Kurdistan on Tuesday from Baghdad, was welcomed by Nechirvan Barzani, the region’s prime minister.

This is Zarif’s second visit to Iraqi Kurdistan region since he held foreign ministerial office in mid August 2013.

He is accompanied by a high-ranking economic and political delegation and Iran’s Ambassador in Baghdad Iraj Masjedjamei.

He is scheduled to meet Masoud Barzani, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), and Masrour Barzani, the head of the Kurdistan Region Security Council, as well.

Arrived in Baghdad on January 13, the Iranian foreign minister has so far visited some Iraqi officials, namely Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, President Barham Salih, Speaker of the Council of Representatives of Iraq Mohamed al-Halbousi, Head of the National Wisdom Movement of Iraq Ammar Hakim, Iraqi member of Parliament Hadi Al-Amiri and heads and members of Iraqi religious, political, cultural, ethnical and social bodies.

A conference on exploring ways to develop bilateral economic and commercial relations will also be held with the attendance of Zarif and economic officials and businessmen in Erbil.

Zarif will leave Erbil for Sulaymaniyah, another main city in the Kurdish-dominated area, on Tuesday.