Pres­i­dent Barzani, US State Depart­ment Ad­vi­sor Dis­cuss Iraq, Syria

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Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani met with US State Depart­ment se­nior ad­vi­sor Brett McGurk to dis­cuss the re­cent po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments in Iraq and in the wider re­gion.

Mr. McGurk lauded the re­cent rap­proche­ment be­tween the Er­bil and Bagh­dad, in­clud­ing the visit to Er­bil by Prime Min­is­ter Ma­liki and his meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Barzani. He ex­pressed US gov­ern­ment’s sup­port for this rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and urged the Pres­i­dent to play a role in re­solv­ing dis­putes be­tween other Iraqi lead­ers.

Pres­i­dent Barzani de­scribed the meet­ing with Prime Min­is­ter Ma­liki last week as pos­i­tive but re­it­er­ated that prac­ti­cal progress needs to be made for full trust to be re­stored. He added that he is pre­pared to play a role in dif­fus­ing other prob­lems in Iraq.

The Pres­i­dent and the US State Depart­ment ad­vi­sor also talked about the cri­sis in Syria, par­tic­u­larly the plight of more than 150,000 Syr­ian refugees in Kur­dis­tan. Pres­i­dent Barzani crit­i­cized in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity in gen­eral for over­look­ing and fail­ing to help Syr­ian refuges in Kur­dis­tan. Mr. McGurk praised the hos­pi­tal­ity of­fered to the refugees by the KRG and said his will con­vey the mes­sage from the Pres­i­dent to the US gov­ern­ment.

Pres­i­dent Barzani, US State Depart­ment Ad­vi­sor Dis­cuss Iraq, Syria

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