Kurdistan Region President receives Hungarian President

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, December 9, 2022. Photo: Presidency of the Kurdistan Region.

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani on Friday received Hungarian President Katalin Novak in Erbil, where the officials discussed the bilateral relations.

President Barzani met with Hungary’s Novak, together they covered a wide range of issues, including the bilateral relations of Hungary with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, said a statement from the Region’s presidency office.

The two officials also touched upon, the pending issues between Erbil and Baghdad and the ongoing dialogue to resolve their disputes.

Discussions were also dedicated to the fight against terrorism and the continued threats of ISIS, the situation of the refugees, and the status of ethnic and religious communities in the Kurdistan Region, the office in the statement added.

In the meantime, the two presidents emphasized their mutual readiness to develop their bilateral relations and cooperation in all areas, according to the statement.

For his part, President Barzani expressed his pleasure at the visit of President Novak, referring to the visit as the “demonstration of Hungary’s support” for the Region.

Barzani also conveyed the gratitude and appreciation of the Region for the military support of Hungary to Iraq and the Kurdistan Region during the fight against ISIS.

For her part, President Novak expressed gratitude and appreciation of her country for the sacrifices and the role of Peshmerga in defeating ISIS, reaffirming Hungary’s continued cooperation and support for Iraq and the Kurdistan Region to eliminate terrorism.

The Hungarian President the Region’s peaceful coexistence and tolerance among communities, and supports the displaced people, the refugees, and the ethnic and religious communities, especially the Christians and Yezidis, according to the statement.

In concluding remarks, the officials focused on the relationship between Iraq and the Kurdistan Region with neighboring and regional countries, the importance of preserving stability and sovereignty of Iraq, the war in Ukraine and its ramifications, and other topics of mutual interest.

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