Nechirvan Barzani discusses the Russian-Ukrainian war with Turkey FM

The President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, commended Turkey's role in alleviating the tension between Russia and Ukraine, hoping that diplomacy manages to bring closure to both countries.

Barzani's remarks came during a meeting he held with the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlut Cavusoglu, on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum earlier Saturday, March 12.
A readout issued by the region's presidency said that Barzani and Cavusoglu the situation in Iraq, the ties of Baghdad and Erbil with Ankara, and the latest updates on the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.
Turkey's top diplomat thanked the President for his participation in the forum's activities, expressing his country's heed to the ties with the Kurdistan Region and the political situation in Iraq.
Barzani commended Turkey's endeavors to bring together Ukraine and Russia's Ministers of Foreign Affairs, hoping that peace and security prevail in the entire world by putting an end to the crisis.
Barzani expressed the region's willingness to pursue constitutional approaches to address the disputes with the federal government in Baghdad.

Barzani also met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday, March 12, at the Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Turkey, the office of the Kurdistan presidency announced. Barzani met with Erdogan, as well as other officials from Turkey and Qatar, at the Antalya forum.
"We exchanged views on peace, regional security, bilateral ties and political developments in Iraq and the wider region,” Barzani said in a statement posted to Twitter.
The meeting centered on expanding the fields of trade and commerce and strengthening ties between Iraq and the Region, according to a statement from the Region’s presidency.
Discussions also covered the latest developments in the wider region, the war on terror and the security challenges. Both sides agreed on the importance of collective and international efforts to preserve peace and stability.
Ankara and Erbil agreed on the need to overcome the political stalemate in Baghdad and form an Iraqi government representing all communities.
Barzani also said Erbil was prepared to come to a resolution on issues with Baghdad "on the basis of the constitution.”
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