In a phone call on Tuesday, Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani discussed ongoing relations and expanding trade between the United States and the autonomous region with Marshall Billingslea, the US Assistant Treasury Secretary for Terrorism Financing.
During the telephone call, “Prime Minister Barzani also updated the Assistant Secretary on the detailed domestic reform agenda that the KRG continues to implement, as well as discussing ways to increase US investment in, and trade with, the Kurdistan Region,” read a statement issued by Barzani’s press office.
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) aims to diversify its economy and turn the Kurdistan Region a regional destination center for investment and trade.
Billingslea visited the autonomous Kurdistan Region last September and separately met with both President Nechirvan Barzani and Prime Minister Masrour Barzani to discuss economic ties of the two governments and ongoing cooperation to prevent financial sources from falling into the hands of terrorist organizations in the region.
Tuesday’s statement added, “The PM and Assistant Secretary discussed the KRG’s response to the corona virus pandemic and ways that the United States Government can help.”
The KRG has enacted multiple, strict precautionary measures as part of attempts to block the spread of the disease, including closing schools, declaring an extended public holiday for government employees, canceling all religious services and other public gatherings, and curfews across the region.