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Kurdish leader praises Kuwaiti NA’s vital role

local1IRBIL: Jaafar Eminki, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament of Iraq's Kurdistan, lauded the vital legislative role of the Kuwaiti Parliament, noting its dynamic role in the Gulf state's political life, as compared to similar assemblies in the Middle East.

Kuwait National Assembly is distinguished with greater vital and active role, as compared to other parliaments in the region, said the senior Kurdish legislator, praising the Kuwaiti peers for playing a pivotal role in running state affairs at the legislative level.

The Kurdistan Parliament aspires to establish mutual cooperation with the Kuwaiti National Assembly, through expertise exchange and cementing ties, he told a Kuwaiti media delegation which concluded their visit to the region late on Friday. The Kurds are proud of the good ties with Kuwaiti people, he said, noting that both share bitter experience of suffering at hands of the defunct Iraqi Baath regime.

Turning to the local legislative body, Eminki revealed a plan to draft "a special constitution for the Kurdistan region, to be later subjected to public referendum." The Kurdish parliament includes 111 members, representing various political parties, communities and sects, namely the Turkmen, the Christians and the Armenians.

Tourism
The Kuwaiti media personalities, who had been preoccupied with a series of meetings with local officials and fact-finding activities since their arrival in the region on Tuesday, met with Minister of Municipalities and Tourism Nooruz Mawloud, who reiterated the call upon Kuwait to invest in the region, particularly in tourism, and revealed planned opening of tourism promotional offices in many countries to lure recreation seekers to the Kurdish-administered northern Iraq.

Kurdistan of Iraq is generally distinguished with moderate weather, sceneries of lush plains, valleys and mountains. The area has been largely secure, with many safety seekers from other parts of Iraq and Syria settling in it.

The journalists have also met with Nawzad Hadi, Irbil's Governor, who disclosed that overall investment enterprises in the region are estimated at $24 billion. However, he affirmed its need for greater business, particularly by Arabs and Gulf citizens.

The Kuwaiti team includes Kuwait Times' Editor-in-Chief Abd Al-Rahman Al-Alyan, Kuwait News Agency's Deputy Director General for Editorial Affairs Saad Al-Ali, Editor-in-Chief of Al-Anbaa Newspaper Youssef Al-Marzouq, and Manager of Kuwait Journalists' Association Adnan Al-Rashed. - KUNA

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This article was published on 13/06/2015