Barzani: We need heavy weaponry, train­ing and fi­nan­cial support

Mas­rour Barzani meets US Se­nate’s Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee Chair­man

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.

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