Kurdî  ■  كوردی  ■  عربي
SAT, 25 MAY 2019 10:49 Erbil, GMT +3
Kurdistan Democratic Party
Renewal  .  Justice  .  Coexistence

President Barzani on Official Visit to Bulgaria
| KDP.info

Sofia, Bulgaria (KRP.org) – After arriving in Sofia, Bulgaria, on an official visit on Wednesday, Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani held meetings today with Bulgarian leaders to promote bilateral relations and cooperation.

In a meeting, the President and the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov discussed ways to develop cooperation and investment opportunities in a number of fields including agriculture, energy, water resources and dams, education, health and tourism.

“We would like to establish a strategic relationship with the Kurdistan Region and to this end we are prepared to work with you in a number of areas. We will encourage Bulgarian companies to explore trade and investment opportunities in Kurdistan and through Kurdistan as a gateway, in the rest of Iraq” said Prime Minister Borisov, hailing the stability and economic potential of the Kurdistan Region.

President Barzani stated that the KRG is equally keen to establish strong ties with Bulgaria and it welcomes Bulgarian firms and investors to explore opportunities in Kurdistan.

The two agreed on the need for follow-up expert-level meetings and further visits between officials from both sides.

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nickolay Mladenov, who also attended the meeting, said that Bulgaria has decided to reopen its embassy in Baghdad and it will also open a consulate in Erbil in 2012 to help strengthen ties and mutual cooperation.

The President later met with Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev and the Bulgarian Speaker of Parliament Tsetska Tsacheva. The President talked about the historical relationship between the people of Kurdistan and Bulgaria, including the many Kurdish students who came to Bulgaria on scholarships.

“Our peoples have a lot in common. Both our peoples emerged from years of suffering under totalitarian regimes and are now living in freedom. We can learn much from each other and we are prepared to establish strong cooperation with your country,” said President Barzani in his meeting with President Plevneliev.

President Plevneliev and President Barzani discussed economic cooperation and the Bulgarian President said that the Bulgarian-American Credit Bank is considering opening a branch in Erbil to facilitate and encourage economic trade and investment, a decision which President Barzani warmly welcomed.

The President will end his three-day visit to Bulgaria on Friday and will travel on to the United States to meet President Barack Obama next week.

Latest Articles

Statement by President Barzani on the Formation of the Dijle Military Command

MONDAY, 12 NOVEMBER 2012 17:11:45

I would like to inform the people of Kurdistan and Iraq that the formation of the Dijle Operations Command [a military command recently formed covering Kirkuk, Diyala and Salahaddin provinces] by the Iraqi government will lead to more instability, and will not help the implementation of Article140 of the Iraqi Constitution.

President Barzani encourages World Kurdish Congress participants to play greater role in Kurdistan

SATURDAY, 13 OCTOBER 2012 13:10:00

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq - (KRG.org) – The 2nd World Kurdish Congress in concludes in Eribl today after four days of presentations and discussions about applying the experiences and knowledge of experts from the Kurdish Diaspora and the international community to the Kurdistan Region.

President Barzani Addresses Turkey’s Ruling Party Conference in Ankara, Calls for Peaceful Means to Resolve Kurdish Issue

SUNDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER 2012 13:09:12

Ankara – Turkey (KRP.org) – Addressing a conference of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development party, President Barzani commended the policies of Prime Minister Erdogan and his party to address the Kurdish issue and called on all Kurdish groups to reciprocate by supporting this policy.

President Barzani's Address at Conference of Turkey's Ruling Party in Ankara

SUNDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER 2012 13:09:16

Since the AK party came to power, Turkey has increasingly been making great strides forward and today Turkey enjoys newfound significance at both the international and regional levels. But we all recognize that our region has problems. We also know that there is no problem that cannot be resolved provided there is a will to do so.

Massoud Barzani: Flying the Kurdish flag

SUNDAY, 29 JULY 2012 02:07:37

The Kurdish president warns that Iraq's Kurds could seek independence if they do not get what they need from Baghdad.

© 2018 Kurdistan Democratic Party, KDP