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Prime Minister Masrour Barzani meets with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Prime Minister Masrour Barzani today met with Prime Minister of The Netherlands in Hague, Mark Rutte, to discuss bilateral relations.

As the first stop on his European tour, Prime Minister Barzani visited his counterpart in The Hague and spoke of the importance of further developing trade relations between the two nations.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Kurdistan Regional Goverment’s Minister of Planning, Dara Rashid, and the chairman of the Board of Investment of the Kurdistan Region, Mohammed Shukri.

Prime Minister Barzani updated Prime Minister Rutte on the Kurdistan Regional Government’s progress implementing sweeping reforms to strengthen the Kurdistan Region’s economic infrastructure, and welcomed the Netherlands’ expertise on the matter, notably in how to sustainably develop its agricultural sector in a challenging environment.

The Prime Minister also highlighted the importance of peace and stability in Iraq, stressing the need for a fair and constitutional resolution to ongoing disputes with the federal government to address grievances of minorities in the country.

Prime Minister Rutte expressed his country’s readiness to support the Kurdistan Region in its efforts to grow and diversify its economy and that the Netherlands continues to lend its support through the global coalition to the Peshmerga forces in the fight against terror in the region.