Former KRG PM: Best yet to come in Turkish-Kurdish relations22/07/2012 23:36
ERBIL, July 22 (AKnews) – Former Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Barham Ahmed Salih has praised economic relations between Turkey and Kurdistan Region saying even better relations will come in the future.
In an interview with Today’s Zaman, Salih has said “The evolution of Iraqi Kurdistan's economic relations with Turkey has been a remarkable success story, and we are hopeful that the best is yet to come in this regard,”
Salih is now a senior politician at the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), one of the main ruling parties in the semi-autonomous region. He served as KRG PM from 2009 to 2012.
“This infrastructure, with the government initiating the much needed structural economic reforms, is bound to unleash the power of the private sector. Further, Iraq and its neighbors can develop an integrated cooperative market, which will facilitate the free flow of goods and services across the region” Salih has told the English language daily.
The former PM praises Turkish Prime Minister Recep Teyyip Erdogan’s economic vision as a having delivered “the miracle of Turkey’s economic regeneration.” Saying the reforms of the Turkish economy and its economic dynamism across the Middle East “could be a catalyst to promoting such an integrated regional market.. We can build on shared economic interests, a sustainable political and security order in the Middle East that will replace conflict and repression with freedom and peace,”