Barzani: It’s an honor that Pesh­marga de­feats ISIS

Barzani: It’s an honor that Pesh­marga de­feats ISIS

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Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani met with the vis­it­ing Ira­nian For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­hamad Javad Zarif in Er­bil on Tues­day, Au­gust 26, 2014. The two dis­cussed the fight against ISIS ter­ror­ists, govern­ment for­ma­tion process in Baghdad and other is­sues of mu­tual con­cern.

For­eign Min­is­ter Zarif stated that the Is­lamic Repub­lic would al­ways stand by the Iraqis, in­clud­ing the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan, against ter­ror­ism, ad­ding that the ter­ror­ism is a threat to every­one, be it Shia, Sunni or Kurds, and “even those who sup­port ISIS.” He fur­ther added that it is in the in­ter­est of Iran to fight ter­ror­ism, and they con­sider the se­cu­rity of Iraq as sig­nif­i­cant as their own se­cu­rity.

Pres­i­dent Barzani ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to the Is­lamic Repub­lic for their sup­port in the fight against ter­ror­ism, and hoped that re­la­tions be­tween the two sides would con­tinue to grow. He added that ter­ror­ism is a threat to all, and that cooperation is needed by all sides to de­feat this threat.

Com­ment­ing on the mil­i­tary sup­port for the Pesh­mar­gas and Kur­dis­tan Re­gion by Iran and other coun­tries, Barzani said: «Even be­fore re­ceiv­ing the mil­i­tary aid, we had the de­ter­mi­na­tion to stand against ISIS but Pesh­marga forces made greater vic­to­ries af­ter re­ceiv­ing the aids.»

He also added that ISIS can­not im­ple­ment their plans since Pesh­marga are at­tack­ing them and ISIS is los­ing the bat­tles. “Cur­rently Pesh­marga are on the of­fen­sive and have se­verely harmed ISIS.”

“The Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran was the first coun­try to pro­vide arms to Pesh­marga forces to fight ISIS,” Pres­i­dent Barzani said. “Pesh­marga Forces will con­tinue to at­tack ISIS and we hope to have the honor to re­move ISIS from the soil of Kur­dis­tan.”

On govern­ment forma- tion in Baghdad, Mr Zarif ex­pressed his coun­try’s de­sire to see an in­clu­sive govern­ment formed in Baghdad and urged the Kurds to ac­tively play their role to help form such a govern­ment. He said the Is­lamic Repub­lic would sup­port any agreement reached be­tween Baghdad and Er­bil.

Pres­i­dent Barzani stated that he sup­ports the ef- forts to form an in­clu­sive govern­ment in Baghdad, ad­ding that there must be guar­an­tees re­gard­ing any agree­ments reached be­tween Er­bil and Baghdad.

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