ERBIL — Kurdish prominent leader and President of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Masoud Barzani, on Sunday received new French Ambassador to Iraq Eric Chevallier, highlighting the Iraqi upcoming elections and bilateral ties between the Kurdistan Region and France.
During their meeting, in addition to their exchange of views on the historic relations between the Kurdistan Region and France and the friendship between the people of the two countries, the pair also underlined the importance of the recent visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Erbil.
The French ambassador reaffirmed that the friendship between the people of Kurdistan Region and France is invariable.
They also shed light on the Iraqi parliamentary elections scheduled for 10 October 2021, both sides hoping that the outcome of the vote will bring stability to the country and will serve the interests of the people in the country, Barzani Headquarters said in a statement.
Barzani and Chevallier further discussed the security situation in the Yezidi majority populated region of Sinjar and stressed the normalization of the situation in the region to facilitate the return of the displaced people to their hometowns.
Chevallier was also received by Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani in Erbil where "the President presented a brief overview of the political situation in the country, the upcoming elections and the future of the political process in Iraq, Erbil-Baghdad relations, the threats of ISIS and the challenges facing the country," Barzani's office said in a statement.
"Mutual readiness to expand Iraq and the Kurdistan Region’s relations with France was affirmed and both sides agreed that France and the international community can play a vital role in the resolution of differences and preserving stability in Iraq, which will lead to regional peace and stability."
The Kurdish president and French envoy further discussed investment opportunities for French businesses in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region and the situation in Syria and the wider region.
Chevallier also met with Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, with whom he commended the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) reforms, pledging France’s wish to strengthen ties further, the premier's office said in a statement.
"Erbil-Baghdad relations, forthcoming Iraqi elections, and terrorism threats were also discussed," the statement concluded.