President Barzani, US General discuss security cooperation
In a meeting held in Erbil on August 27, the President of Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani discussed with the commander of the Central Region of the American forces, Gen. Lloyd Austin and his accompanying delegation, threats of the Islamic State to the region and Iraq in general. A statement by the Presidency of the Kurdistan region said the meeting, which brought together Barzani and Austin, in the presence of a number of military and security officials in the region, highlighted the situation in the country, the recent developments, the occupation of the city of Mosul and the threats of terrorists to the Kurdistan region.” The statement said: “The views of the parties were identical, that the organization (IS) is a major threat to the region and the world and needs to be confronted by the cooperation of all parties as the two sides stressed the permanent coordination between the American forces and the Peshmerga in the war against terrorists.”
On the political process in Iraq, the two sides stressed the need to form a government that includes all parties and serves the interests of all Iraqi components. President Barzani also addressed the humanitarian situation of the displaced and the large numbers who have fled to Kurdistan and their needs, expressing his gratitude to the friendly countries for the assistance they provided to help them.