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Iraqi Kurdistan president in Sofia, seeks Bulgarian investments ‎ 29.3.2012 

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Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boiko Borisov (R) poses for a picture with Kurdistan Regional Government KRG President Massoud Barzani before their meeting in Sofia March 29, 2012. Photo: Reuters

Iraqi Kurdistan president Massoud Barzani (R) with his son Masrour Barzani (L)  Kurdistan intelligence chief, and other Kurdish officials in Bulgaria in an official visit, Thursday March 29, 2012. Photo: KRP
Barzani says we are to give priority to Bulgarian companies, willing to invest in Kurdistan

March 29
, 2012

SOFIA, — The president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan was in Bulgaria on Thursday seeking investment in the region's farming, health and construction sectors, the government's press office here said.

"We will prioritise the Bulgarian companies who are willing to invest and do business in our region," regional president Massoud Barzani was quoted as saying during a meeting with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

Barzani and Borisov agreed to cooperate in building strategic infrastructure, especially in dam construction, as well as in the farming sector. Healthcare was another potential area of cooperation mentioned by the Kurdish leader.

Some Kurdish companies have also shown interest in investing in Bulgaria, he added.

Bulgaria and Kurdistan will cooperate in the field of agriculture, healthcare and economy, as agreed at the meeting between Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and President of Iraq's Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani, the press office of the government announced.

“Bulgaria has year-long traditions in the friendship with the Iraqi nation and to us it is important for our country to be able to develop mutually beneficial exchange with one so important component of Iraq as Kurdistan is,” the Bulgarian prime minister remarked.

In his words, with the knowing and experience in working in the counties in the region the Bulgarian business and engineering companies may successfully contribute to the building of a new Iraq and Kurdistan.

“We are to give a priority to the Bulgarian companies, which are willing to invest and do business in our region,” said Massoud Barzani.

He added there is willingness for capital investments on behalf of the Iraqi nation, too.
“The healthcare is one of the fields in which Bulgaria has impressive experience and I would like to stress that the experience of your experts is important for us,” Barzani added.

Barzani arrived on Thursday for a one-day visit to Sofia, where he will also meet with Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov and speaker of parliament Tsetska Tsacheva.

According Barzani's Face book blog, Massoud Barzani arrived on Wednesday night in Sofia, Bulgaria, in an official visit.

Barzani to head to the United States of America to conduct talks with US president Barrack Obama.

During Washington visit, it is expected that the situation in Kurdistan will be discussed.

Following the talks, Barzani will head for Hungary to discuss bilateral economic questions.

Sources: AFP | | | | Agencies

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