The Kurdistan Region must address domestics needs before considering exporting gas, said Qubad Talabani, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), in a speech at the Delphi Economic Forum in Greece on Thursday.
"Although the Kurdistan Region is rich in natural resources... Unfortunately, we still lack 24-hour electricity, so we must address this issue and satisfy domestic needs before considering exporting gas," he said.
Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani attended the Delphi Economic Forum in Greece for the second consecutive time. During a speech at the forum on April 27, he said: "Natural resources make the government lazy. We must provide good services to our people."
Regarding the Kurdistan region’s relations, KRG Deputy PM said, "Kurdistan is in a complicated geopolitical situation, and we must deal with our neighbors carefully. We must have good relations with all sides."
Qubad Talabani also talked about the fight against terrorism and said, we still fight against ISIS and that “We are in the same fight with the Syrian Kurds against terrorism.”
"We have never been shy about expressing our solidarity with Syria to fight terrorism that has a tendency to upset some of our neighbors," said KRG Deputy PM Qubad Talabani.
Qubad Talabani said, they have worked on digitizing the government and that if there is transparency, corruption will be difficult because a bureaucratic government will spread corruption.
He also said, women can play a good role in government. "Equality between men and women in Kurdistan is something we believe, women can play a good role in government," he said.