A very valuable meeting with Italian Prime Minister @GiuseppeConteIT, in which we underlined the importance of maintaining economic ties as well as close cooperation on regional security. Italy has been firm friend to Kurdistan and we look forward to continued partnership. pic.twitter.com/5IGfgsC1i4
— Masrour Barzani (@masrour_barzani) February 18, 2020
Prime Minister Barzani met Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte for high-level bilateral talks.
PM Barzani thanked PM Conte for Italy’s staunch support in the fight against ISIS, including through training Peshmerga, and also police training provided by the Italian carabinieri. PM Barzani outlined the ambitious reform programme the KRG is pursuing, not least to enable foreign investors, including Italian companies, to invest and do business more easily in the Kurdistan Region.
Speaking after his meeting with PM Conte, Prime Minister Barzani said:
“I am delighted to be in Rome to meet Prime Minister Conte today. I took the chance to thank Italy for its support in the fight against terrorism, including support to the Peshmerga as well as police training, while also noting that a serious threat from ISIS remains: we must keep up the pressure.
“I also underlined the range of trade and investment opportunities available to our Italian friends, and look forward to growing our bilateral trade relationship in the years to come.”