Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Massoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region, and H.E. Mr. Nechirvan Barzani, Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government
Erbil, 14 January 2014
The Secretary-General met in Erbil today with Mr. Massoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region, and Mr. Nechirvan Barzani, Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, who thanked him for being the first Secretary-General come to the region on the occasion of his visit to the Kawrgosik refugee camp.
Regarding the Syrian conflict and its humanitarian impact, the Secretary-General appreciated the generosity of the Kurdistan Regional Government in hosting Syrian refugees. He urged the Kurdistan Regional Government to keep the border open for refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict.
The Secretary-General welcomed the reinvigorated dialogue between the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government. He emphasized that an opportunity now exists to address long-standing constitutional issues.
Readouts on 14 January 2014