ERBIL — Spain has expressed its willingness to develop its bilateral relations with the Kurdistan Region, particularly in the fields of trade and investments, the country's Ambassador to Iraq revealed on Thursday.
Pedro Martinez, the new Spanish Ambassador to Iraq, made the remarks during a meeting with Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani in the capital Erbil where they exchanged views on various topics, the premier's office said in a statement.
"PM Barzani congratulated him on assuming office and wished the ambassador luck as well as promoting relations between Spain, Iraq, and the Kurdistan Region," the statement added. "The ambassador expressed his country’s wish to boost ties with the Kurdistan Region, especially in the area of trade and investment."
Meanwhile, the Spanish envoy further revealed his country's plans for opening a consulate in Erbil, the statement noted, without elaborating on a specific timeline for the opening of the diplomatic facility.
The incoming Spanish ambassador was also received by Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani on Wednesday, with the Kurdish leader reiterating the autonomous region's "full support" for the his new mission as Spain’s Ambassador to Iraq, his office said in a statement.
"The President also reiterated the Kurdistan Region’s willingness to expand relations with Spain and presented a brief overview of the status of the Kurdistan Region," the statement continued. "Ambassador Martinez hoped to strengthen Spain’s relations with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region in all areas, especially in trade and commerce, and pledged to encourage Spain’s private sector and businesses to invest in the country."
The pair also exchanged views on the upcoming Iraqi parliamentary election scheduled for 10th October 2021, the political process in the country, as well as the latest developments in the fight against terrorism and the threats of the Islamic State (IS).