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Strong ties affirmed in French ambassador’s farewell visit to Kurdistan

By Rudaw 29/5/2017
President Masoud Barzani welcomed Marc Barety, the French ambassador to Iraq, and Dominique Mas, French consul general to Erbil. Photo: Kurdistan Presidency/handout
President Masoud Barzani welcomed Marc Barety, the French ambassador to Iraq, and Dominique Mas, French consul general to Erbil. Photo: Kurdistan Presidency/handout
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Speaking with France’s ambassador to Iraq who was making a farewell visit to the Kurdistan Region, President Masoud Barzani thanked France for their assistance and said Kurds will never forget French President Francois Hollande’s 2014 visit to Kurdistan “during hardship” as the Region faced the threat of ISIS. 

Barzani welcomed Marc Barety, the French ambassador to Iraq, and Dominique Mas, French consul general to Erbil, in Salahadin on Monday. 

Barety announced that France will continue fighting against terrorism, coordinating and providing military assistance for the Peshmerga forces.
  
The French ambassador’s visit to Kurdistan came after finishing his duties in Iraq. He made his farewells to Barzani and thanked the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) for its efforts in “supporting his missions.”

Regarding relations between Erbil and Baghdad, Barety said his country will support any result coming out of negotiations between the Kurdistan Region and Iraq.

President Barzani wished the French ambassador success in his future duties and asserted that “the Kurdish nation will never forget President Hollande’s visit to Kurdistan in September 2014, when the Kurdistan Region was going through hardships because of the ISIS attacks.”

Barzani described Hollande’s visit to Kurdistan as a historic moment.
   
During his presidency, French President Francois Hollande visited the Kurdistan Region twice. In his first visit in September 2014, ISIS was very close to the capital of the Kurdistan Region. 

During his second visit in January 2017, he visited the front lines near Bashiqa with Barzani and saw the progress the Peshmerga had made against ISIS.

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