Monday, December 27, 2010

South Korea honors Barzani as best strategic ties former

Erbil, Dec.24 (AKnews)- The secretary for the former premier for the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, said Barzani will be honored by the President of South Korea in recognition for “his efforts to establish relations with the country.”

Nechirvan BarzaniSarbaz Hawrami told AKnews Barzani has been officially invited to South Korea to attend his honoring ceremony in the country’s capital Seoul Sunday.   

The South Korean president as an annual tradition pays tribute to the “best” personality who has “effectively” contributed to forming “strong and strategic ties” with his country and this year Barzani was chosen for the “prize.”

The ex-Kurdish premier has recently been assigned as the vice president of a leading Kurdish party in the Kurdistan Region, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), led by the Kurdistan Region’s President Massoud Barzani.

Hawrami stressed Barzani will be honored as a personality “on the Kurdistan Region not the KDP’s level.”   

South Korea contributed as the third largest ally in the U.S. led invasion against Iraq, with about 3,000 soldiers. However, in the relatively tranquil Kurdistan Region the South Korean forces, recognized as Zaytun forces, were more engaged in civil activities, as donations and constructions of some basic services as roads, hospitals and libraries.   
Currently, a number of South Korean companies are operating in different fields in Kurdistan. 

Nechirvan Idris Barzani, born September 21, 1966 is a Kurdish politician in Iraqi Kurdistan. He served as the prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government from March 2006 to August 2009. He is a grandson of KDP founder Mustafa Barzani and a nephew of Massoud Barzani. 

Media reports suggest that under Barzani's term the Kurdistan Region "paced towards institutionalization" and the economy of the Region "boomed considerably." 

Reported by Hevidar Ahmed

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