President Barzani receives US Senator Carl Levin
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.