Fri 12 May 2023 7:09 pm - Jerusalem Time

Enhancing economic and commercial cooperation between Palestine and Iraqi Kurdistan

The State of Palestine agreed with the Kurdistan Regional Government to sign an agreement of bilateral understandings between the two countries soon, and to exchange experiences for the benefit of the two peoples.

This came during the talks of the delegation of the State of Palestine, which includes the Minister of Social Development, Ahmed Majdalani, and the National Economy, Khaled Al-Osaili, with the Minister of Trade and Industry of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Kamel Muslim, and the Minister of Investment, Muhammad Shukri, with the aim of developing and strengthening bilateral cooperation relations between them.

Majdalani said during the meeting, which was held in the presence of the Palestinian Consul General in Erbil, Nazmi Hazouri, and the official of the Arab Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Fayez Abu Al-Rub, "The State of Palestine welcomes the opening of economic cooperation and investment relations with the Kurdistan Region and the exchange of experiences."

He added that despite the occupation's obstacles, there is a development in the fields of industry and an opportunity for joint cooperation between the two parties.

In turn, Al-Osaili briefed the officials of the Iraqi Kurdistan government on the volume of investments in the State of Palestine, the openness of the Palestinian economy to the world, and work to develop the economic structure and industry in Palestine.

He praised the relations between the two sides and the aspiration towards more cooperation in the economic fields.

The delegation stressed the importance of strengthening and developing bilateral relations and opening areas of joint work.

In turn, Ministers Musallam and Shukri welcomed this Palestinian visit, stressing the depth of relations between the two sides and the aspiration for the broadest bilateral cooperation, praising the Palestinian experience.

The Palestinian delegation also briefed the Minister of Foreign Relations in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Safin Mohsen Diziyi, on the latest political developments and the continued barbaric aggression of the occupation against our people in the Gaza Strip, and all the unilateral measures that undermine the opportunity for peace in the region.

The delegation conveyed the greetings of the President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, and Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh. During the meeting, which was held in Erbil, in the presence of Consul Hazouri, they also discussed ways to strengthen and develop bilateral relations in various fields, and deepen relations between the Palestinian and Kurdish peoples.

The delegation put the Minister of Foreign Relations in the picture of the developments in the Palestinian land and the measures of the fascist occupation government that is blowing up the situation in the region and that under the current Israeli government there is no horizon for the political process, as it adopts a program to support settlements and undermine the Palestinian Authority.

Majdalani called for besieging the fascist occupation government, as it carries the settlement program, in addition to displacement and ethnic cleansing, calling on the countries of the world not to deal with this government unless it adheres to the resolutions of international legitimacy.

For his part, Osaily reviewed the difficult economic conditions that the State of Palestine is going through, and that the occupying state is fighting economic development in the State of Palestine, and imposing measures that impede growth and development, especially in areas classified (C), in addition to the occupied city of Jerusalem, which suffers from Judaization projects.

He pointed out that among the channels used by the occupation to deprive our people of their human right to development and undermine the foundations of the Palestinian economy is the seizure of land, water and other natural resources, narrowing the space available for choosing and implementing public policies, imposing restrictions on the movement of people and goods, destroying assets and the productive base, and expanding Israeli settlements. The fragmentation of local markets, the isolation of the Palestinian economy from international markets, and its forced dependence on the Israeli economy.

In turn, the official of foreign relations in the territory of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Sven Mohsen Diziyi, welcomed this visit, which confirms the depth of relations and the importance of developing them.


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Enhancing economic and commercial cooperation between Palestine and Iraqi Kurdistan