Barzani: We need heavy weaponry, training and financial support
Masrour Barzani meets US Senate’s Armed Services Committee Chairman
Head of Kurdistan Region’s National Security Council Masrour Barzani last week met with U.S. Senator Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, and an accompanying delegation in Erbil.
The meeting focused on the security situation in Iraq and the war against ISIS as well as the political developments in the country and the formation of the new government.
Barzani expressed his gratitude and appreciated for the decision of President Barack Obama for conducting air strikes on ISIS to protect Kurdistan Region from the threats posed by the terrorist group.
He also reiterated that the recent developments call for expanding the geography of the operation.
Commenting on the war by Kurdish Peshmarga forces against the ISIS insurgents, the Kurdish security official said for this they need help and support by the international community such as weapons, training Peshmargas as well as financial aid.
“Due to the negligence of the international community in fighting this barbarian group, a big gap has been created,” said Barzani. “Hence slow action is not the right choice of the free world to offer.”
Head of the National Security Council explained the existence of thousands of western nationals among the ISIS terrorists and the threats they pose, and stated that thousands of western nationals have traveled to the region to join ISIS, who will in the end become a threat on their home countries.
The two parties also discussed the bilateral ties between Kurdistan and The United States and agreed on continuing their communication, dialogue and cooperation, especially for the provision of more support by the U.S. for the Kurdish Peshmarga forces. They also reiterated the need to resolving the issue of Tier 3, and Senator Levin also agreed that this issue needs to be resolved as soon as possible.