On Thursday, October 12, 2023, Prime Minister Masrour Barzani met with Victoria Taylor, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.
The two sides discussed the importance of resolving pending issues between the Kurdistan Region and the federal government of Iraq. They emphasized the need to ensure timely salaries for public sector employees in the Kurdistan Region, in line with the rest of Iraq, through KRG institutions. Additionally, they underscored the significance of restarting oil exports from the Kurdistan Region via the Turkish port of Ceyhan.
Prime Minister Barzani emphasized the imperative of respecting Iraq’s federal system and the constitutional status of the Kurdistan Region, as well as protecting the rights of various Iraqi communities.
Other topics discussed included reforms undertaken by the ninth cabinet, such as the digitalization of public sector services, optimization of the banking system, and collaborative efforts to address the impact of climate change.