Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Kurdistan Region of Iraq

ERBIL, Iraq (North Press) – On Tuesday evening, the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Muhammad Javad Zarif, met the President of Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Nechirvan Barzani, and the other leaders of the region in Erbil, and discussed “bilateral relations.”   

On Tuesday afternoon, Zarif arrived in Erbil, after holding a series of meetings in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, in which he discussed the “bilateral relations” with his Iraqi counterpart, in addition to the Prime Minister, the President of the Parliament and the President of the Republic of Iraq.  

Zarif’s meeting with the Region’s President came after his meeting with the President of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Masoud Barzani, and the Prime Minister, Masrour Barzani, in the presence of his deputy, Qubad Talabani. 

According to the available information, the meetings focused on “exchanging views on achieving security and stability in the region and confronting terrorism.”  

In addition to evaluating the “historical relations between the KRG and Iran, and their necessity and sustainability.”

It is scheduled that Zarif will meet the presidency of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and then, leave for Tehran tomorrow.

Before arriving in Baghdad yesterday, Zarif was on a visit to the Qatari capital, Doha.

Media reports said that the Iranian Minister’s tour focuses on Tehran’s relationship with Saudi Arabia and ways to reduce tension between the two countries.

Iraq had expressed its willingness to mediate between Tehran and Riyadh, according to a statement by the Iranian ambassador to Baghdad, last week.  

Reporting by Hassan Haji