France: Macron meets with Kurdish PM Barzani in rare bilateral meeting

French President Emmanuel Macron has held a joint press conference with Prime Minister of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) Nechirvan Barzani following their meeting in Paris, Saturday. The meeting, a rarity between the KRG and European countries, consolidated French support for dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil, with Macron stating «France is interested in two things: to have a strong Iraq... Еще, whose territorial integrity is essential in the region.» The KRG voted for independence in a contentious referendum on 20 September 2017, Baghdad responded by recapturing the contested oil-rich city of Kirkuk from Kurdish control and closing Erbil's international airports.

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