Kurdistan President Discusses Sinjar, IDPs, Climate Change with German Leaders
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Kurdistan President Discusses Sinjar, IDPs, Climate Change with German Leaders

ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani held a series of meetings in Berlin on Monday with German officials, discussing various topics including bilateral cooperation, regional challenges, and the impact of climate change on Iraq.

The Kurdish leader met with Svenja Schulze, Germany's Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, to discuss Germany's relations with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, as well as joint cooperation in different fields. The president expressed gratitude for Germany's support and welcomed the recent agreements between the two countries.

In another meeting, the Kurdish president was received by Tobias Lindner, German Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, to emphasize the strong relations between Germany, Iraq, and the Kurdistan Region. He called for Germany's continued support in maintaining peace, stability, and confronting the threat of Islamic State (IS).

Lindner reiterated Germany's commitment to assisting and supporting Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, including the continuation of German forces' mission in Iraq as part of the international coalition against IS.

The president also met with Franziska Brantner, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, to discuss challenges facing Iraq, particularly related to climate change, water scarcity, and desertification. Both sides stressed the importance of international assistance, expertise, and support to address these challenges.

They also highlighted the significance of renewable energy, reducing reliance on oil, and encouraging German investments in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.

Continuing his visit, the Kurdish leader held a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, where they discussed Germany's relations with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, Erbil-Baghdad relations, and the threats and challenges facing Iraq.

The president expressed gratitude for Germany's support in various areas, including military, economic, and humanitarian aid. He also expressed full support for German companies and their investment in the Kurdistan Region.

Chancellor Scholz expressed his appreciation for the role of the Kurdistan Region in defeating IS and providing assistance to the victims. He emphasized Germany's commitment to supporting Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, particularly in the fields of economy, energy, and other crucial sectors.

The issue of migration and refugees, as well as the situation in the wider region, were also discussed during the meeting.

The meetings were attended by Iraqi ambassadors and representatives from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). The discussions aimed to strengthen cooperation, address common challenges, and explore opportunities for mutual benefit in various sectors.

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