The Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government
Meets Swedish Officials
October 27, 2001
At the start of a European tour, H.E. Nechirvan Barzani, the
Prime Minster of Kurdistan Regional Government and his delegation
visited Sweden and met with officials at the highest level.
On Thursday, 25th October 2001, the delegation met H.E. Göran
Persson, the Prime Minister of Sweden at the Parliament Building.
A number of issues of mutual interests were discussed including
the internal, regional and international matters concerning
On the same evening, the KRG Nordic representation hosted a
reception in honour of the visiting delegation that was attended
by Foreign mission representatives, Swedish Foreign Ministry
officials, members of the Swedish Parliament, academic personalities
and members of the Kurdish and Assyrian community.
On Friday, 26th October 2001, the delegation was received by
Ms. Anna Lindh , the Foreign Minister and her team. The KRG
Prime Minister raised a number of issues including the International
Sanctions on Iraq, the Oil-for-Food Program and the development
of democratic institutions in the region.
In both meetings, the Swedish officials reaffirmed their committement
to continue their political and humanitarian support of Iraqi
Kurdistan through their UN and European Community membership
and welcomed closer cooperation and contacts in the future.
Also on Friday 26th October, a meeting was held with Mr. Carl
Tham, Secretary General of the Olof Palme International Centre,
a think tank in Sweden that specialises in International Development
and Co-operation issues.
In addition, Mr Barzani and his delegation attended a large
gathering of the Kurdish community to which people had come
not only from inside Sweden but also from other Nordic countries.
The event lasted two hours.
The KRG delegation included Dr. Shafiq. Qazzaz, Minster for
Humanitarian Aid and Co-operation, Safeen Dizayee, KDP Representative
in Turkey, Fawzi Toma, Member of Foreign Relation's Committee
and Taha Barwary the KRG representative in Nordic countries.
Kurdistan Regional Government / KRG