ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani on Thursday was received by UK's new Foreign Secretary Liz Truss in London where she reassured the Kurdish leader of growing trade relations between the autonomous region and United Kingdom.
Truss wrote on Twitter that she discussed various issues with Barzani, including stability in the Kurdistan Region, the upcoming Iraqi parliamentary elections scheduled for October, as well as the growing trade relations between the autonomous region and UK.
Barzani, who arrived in London on Wednesday for a three-day official visit, wrote on Twitter that he discussed bilateral ties between the Kurdistan Region and UK among other topics.
"I met with the new UK foreign secretary @trussliz for her first meeting as Britain’s top diplomat & congratulated her on her new position," he said. "We discussed ways to further improve our strong bilateral ties, UK’s support to KR, regional stability, along with other pressing issues."
The Kurdish president earlier met with the Right Honorable Lord John McFall, the Speaker of the House of Lords, in London, where they exchanged views on the latest developments in Iraq and the wider region, Barzani's office said in a statement.
They also discussed "the political process in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, the upcoming Iraqi elections, Iraq and the Kurdistan Region’s relations with the UK, the war on terror, COVID-19, the status of the refugees in the Kurdistan Region, the implications of climate change in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region and other topics of mutual interest."
Lord McFall commended "the democratic process" in the Kurdistan Region and the legislative quotas in the region’s parliament to ensure the participation of women and representatives of all communities in the political process and governance.
He also reiterated support to the Kurdistan Region "and for this purpose the Right Honorable Lord will offer advices and recommendations to the UK government. The Lord Speaker expressed appreciation for the Kurdistan Region’s role in confronting terrorism and defeating ISIS."
The Kurdish leader thanked the UK parliament for its recognition of Islamic State (IS) crimes against the Yezidis and other communities in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region as genocide.
"The President urged the UK parliament to support Kurdistan Region in strengthening the democratic system and its institutions," the statement concluded.