Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office – in the House of Commons on 2nd March 2021.

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What recent assessment he has made of the political situation in the Kurdistan region.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

I visited Iraq and the Kurdistan region of Iraq in December last year, meeting Iraq’s Prime Minister al-Kadhimi and the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, Prime Minister Barzani. Recent attacks on coalition forces and civilians in Irbil are unacceptable. The UK stands fully behind Iraq and the Kurdistan region of Iraq. We welcome the Iraqi investigation to hold the perpetrators to account, and the UK encourages co-operation between Baghdad and Irbil to agree a sustainable budget, something I discussed with both the Iraqi Finance Minister and Prime Minister Barzani on that visit in December.