Pres­i­dent Barzani re­ceives US Se­na­tor Carl Levin

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani met Chair­man of the Com­mit­tee on Armed Ser­vices in the US Se­nate, Carl Levin on Wed­nes­day.

In their meet­ing in Sala­haddin, Pres­i­dent Barzani and Se­na­tor Levin dis­cussed the fight against ISIS ter­ror­ists and the po­lit­i­cal process to form a new gov­ern­ment in Bagh­dad.

Se­na­tor Levin said that the peo­ple of Amer­ica ad­mire and feel very close to the Kur­dish peo­ple, and ex­pressed their support for the Pesh­merga forces in fight­ing ter­ror­ists. He also ex­pressed his ad­mi­ra­tion for the KRG for pro­tect­ing Yezidis, Chris­tians and other mi­nori­ties, and for the tra­di­tion of peace­ful co-ex­is­tence and re­li­gious tol­er­ance that ex­ist in Kur­dis­tan.

For his part, Pres­i­dent Barzani thanked the US Pres­i­dent, gov­ern­ment and peo­ple for their mil­i­tary and hu­man­i­tar­ian support for Kur­dis­tan and stressed that the Pesh­merga forces are ca­pa­ble to fight the ISIS ter­ror­ists pro­vided they are sup­plied with the right weapons. He said that with the support of the US mil­i­tary air strikes, the Pesh­merga have made sev­eral gains re­cently and they would con­tinue to push the ter­ror­ists back.

Barzani said there has been a 10-year siege by the Iraqi gov­ern­ment on the Pesh­merga forces which, con­trary to agree­ments, de­nied us the nec­es­sary mil­i­tary train­ing and so­phis­ti­cated weaponry "How­ever, we will de­feat the ter­ror­ists."

On the sit­u­a­tion of in­ter­nally dis­placed peo­ple (IDP), Mr Barzani said they live in peace and se­cu­rity in Kur­dis­tan. And they are pro­vided with the ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties to lead a nor­mal life.

Both sides agreed that de­feat­ing ter­ror­ists needs col­lec­tive ac­tion and co­op­er­a­tion of all sides and that po­lit­i­cal progress in Bagh­dad has the po­ten­tial to of­fer an op­por­tu­nity for peace and sta­bil­ity in the coun­try.

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