EP committee to hear Massoud Barzani

EP committee to 
   hear  Massoud Barzani

May 07, 2007, Monday/ 19:14:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN
Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani is scheduled to appear on Tuesday before the foreign affairs committee of the European Parliament, the parliament has announced on its Web site.While highlighting that Barzani's visit to Strasbourg will take place upon an invitation by the European Parliament, the Web site of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) reported on Sunday that Barzani would inform members of the committee about the restructuring of Iraq as well as recent "developments in Kurdistan within this framework."

In addition to answering questions from European lawmakers, Barzani will also "explain his expectations of the European Union concerning Kurdistan," the Web site also reported. Andre Brie, German member of the European Parliament's leftist group, and Paulo Casaca, Portuguese member of the European Parliament's socialist group, paid a visit to northern Iraq some time ago, noted and said that Strasbourg's invitation to Barzani was extended following the release of a report by these lawmakers concerning their talks with Iraqi Kurdish officials.

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