EU Foreign Ministers Impressed by Progress in Kurdistan
The foreign ministers of Sweden, Poland and Bulgaria yesterday arrived together in the Kurdistan Region where they met President Masoud Barzani and Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani to discuss ways to strengthen cooperation and to talk about the latest political developments in Iraq and the ongoing crisis in Syria.
President Barzani welcomed the three foreign ministers, Minister Carl Bildt of Sweden, Minister Radoslaw Sikorski of Poland and Minister Nickolay Mladenov of Bulgaria, and expressed the Kurdistan Region’s desire for strong relations with the EU and its member states.
At a press conference after the meeting, the Bulgarian Foreign Minister Mladenov said the three European foreign ministers were impressed by the social and economic improvements that they saw in Kurdistan, which serve as an example of how the wealth of a nation can be used properly for the benefit of the people.
“We were very much encouraged by what we heard through our meetings today and yesterday in Iraq, and hopeful that the current political disputes will be resolved based on the constitutional process that Iraq has and through the democratic process,” he said.
In the meeting before the press conference, President Barzani discussed Iraq’s current political situation with the foreign ministers, saying that the Iraqi groups are exercising their constitutional, democratic and legitimate right to address the current crisis in the country. He added that the volatile political climate in Iraq was a result of attempts at one-man rule, and a disregard for all the agreements that allowed the current government to gain power.