Iraqi Kurdish delegation plans trade visit to Turkey

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A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government visited Turkey on Friday where talks between senior Kurdish and Turkish officials took place.

The delegation visited Ankara to discuss strengthening trade relations and border security [Getty]

A delegation from the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) traveled to Turkey on Friday for an official visit, according to Kurdish media.

The delegation traveled to Ankara to discuss the strengthening of trade relations and border security between the Kurdistan region and Turkey, Kurdistan 24 reported.

As part of the meeting, senior Kurdish ministers and officials met with senior Turkish officials and members of the Turkish investment board.

“We discussed ways to expand trade between Turkey and the Kurdistan region,” chief of staff of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers Omed Sabah – a member of the delegation – told a press conference. , according Kurdistan 24.

“The Turks have promised to facilitate business procedures for companies and businessmen from the Kurdistan region,” Sabah continued, saying that the regions plan to “establish several commercial centers” on their border and open “two additional border crossings”.

Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in April in Istanbul to discuss strengthening bilateral relations, “with a focus on strengthening security cooperation in the region”, according to the KRG.

During the meeting, “both sides expressed their desire to increase cooperation in all areas, especially in business and trade,” the KRG said.

At a forum organized by the Kurdistan 24 Al Sharq Forum Research and Survey Center and Think Tank.

A KRG delegation also visited Baghdad earlier this month in a bid to resolve outstanding issues with the Iraqi federal government.

After his arrival, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said that 90% of disagreements with the northern Kurdistan region had been resolved.

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