ERBIL - Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Wednesday met with foreign representatives in Erbil for talks on the situation in Iraq and the progress of the ninth cabinet’s reform plan.
During his meeting with the consuls, foreign heads of mission, representatives, and diplomats, PM Barzani stressed on the Kurdistan Region's ongoing efforts to have "a positive working" relationship with Iraq to solve the disputes between the sides based on the constitution.
"The Prime Minister underscored Erbil has fulfilled all its commitments toward Baghdad to open the path to an agreement that is in the interest of all Iraqi citizens. He stressed that the issue of the public salaries should neither be politicized nor used as a means of coercion against the Kurdistan Region by harming the public service employees," Barzani's office said in a statement.
He also updated the foreign diplomats on his cabinet's efforts to diversify the autonomous region's economy, expanding its sources of income, reducing expenditures, reorganizing its tax system, and facilitating processes for foreign and local investors," the statement added.
The Kurdish leader also reaffirmed that the KRG would spare no efforts to pay the salaries of the Kurdistan Region's public employees "despite current financial challenges."
"The Prime Minister reiterated that the Kurdistan Region remains committed to playing a stabilising role in the region and is prepared to develop strong relations with neighboring countries and the international community. He also noted the importance of continuing cooperation and collaboration with the Kurdistan Region to counter the ongoing threat of terrorism."