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Minister: Kurdistan and UAE need each other to face future challenges

By HEVIDAR AHMED 11/2/2015
Sheikh Mohammed with the Kurdish delegation led by Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani.
Sheikh Mohammed with the Kurdish delegation led by Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani.

DUBAI, UAE – The United Arab Emirates and Kurdistan Region share common principles and concerns and ties between them will be mutually beneficial to meet future challenges, said a senior official from the Emirates.

“We will need the Kurdistan Region and the Kurdistan Region will need us because we have the same principles and concerns,” said Mohammed Gergawi, the UAE’s minister for cabinet affairs.

Speaking to Rudaw on the sidelines of a Government Summit in Dubai, Gergawi said that the UAE and Kurdistan should boost energy cooperation and tourism ties.

 “A key purpose of this summit is to show how we can create a smart government,” said Sama Marzouqi, who represents the UAE at the summit. “Our government is thinking ahead to two decades from now, in 2035, and the conditions we will be facing then,” she added.

A statement from the conference organizers said that the summit aims to discuss “governments of the future as well as the critical changes taking place at the global level in the development of government services.”

High-profile guests from 93 countries, including Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, are at the three-day summit, where thousands of policymakers and lobbyists from around the world are participating to discuss the new challenges ahead of modern governments.

Barzani is leading a large Kurdish delegation of ministers and decision-makers. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has struggled with better governance, including wiping out excessive, time-consuming bureaucracy.

 “The Kurdish delegation has actively participated in the seminars and workshops, which shows that the Kurdistan Region is interested in its own future and wants to know where it is heading,” Gergawi said after a meeting Tuesday between Barzani and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Makboum, the UAE vice president and ruler of Dubai.

The UAE and Kurdistan already enjoy good relations, knotted through trade and direct flights by several airlines to Kurdish airports.


Hersh | 11/2/2015
Considering that most of UAE was desert inhabited by Arab tribes only 30-40 years ago they have made some amazing progress on many fronts, at the same time they have a long way to go on other areas. I'm impressed how they have gradually moved from an oil based economy towards a tourist, banking and investment based economy, they're investing all over the world and getting good at it. Literacy and standard of living for their own citizens are very high, they were pioneers in many areas in the Arab world like critical journalism (AL-Jazeera) it's of course far from perfect but probably one of the best in the Arab world. Where they can improve is more democracy, the sheikhs' (monarchs) are still dictators anyway you look at it, they need to give woman more rights, and the way they treat their guest workers from poor countries is absolutely horrifying.
Leon Ash | 11/2/2015
Judging by their common history,I don't believe that the Kurds should trust Arabs.
Kurdish Patriot | 11/2/2015
If Kurdistan and UAE share a common interest then that is good, we need countries like this so we can move forward with and have strong business ties, we have had enough with these childish wars games with savages. When are they going to learn to corporate and solve their problems like human beings and not backward ass-wipe savages? Kurds love peace and not war, and we have never had hatred for anyone or any country. We are not racist and wish not to be racist, but we are constantly oppressed and have lack of respect from countries who constantly chose to hate Kurds...because we are Kurds and not because we had done anything wrong, but simply because we are Kurds, and this is pure and utter racism and discrimination by Arabs, Turks and Iranians...this is not acceptable, especially when we do not hate them....they make us hate them...why??? To our enemies., I ask.why not make peace? What's wrong with this? Maybe you benefit more this way, rather than killing, and killing....are you ok? Something wrong with your brain? 💀
Mike | 12/2/2015
Kurdistan is an island of peace and prosperity in an ocean of violence, ignorance and hatred. The Kurds should continue to build economic ties with UAE. If it hasn't already been established then a Kurdistan-UAE business council should be created. Kurds and UAE could cooperate on tourism projects.

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