Pres­i­dent Barzani re­ceives French Pres­i­dent in Er­bil

Both pres­i­dents stressed on fight­ing against ter­ror­ism and the con­ti­nu­ity of the global aids to help Pesh­marga to fight Is­lamic State

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The Kur­dis­tan Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani re­ceived French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande on Fri­day. The visit was in­tended to ex­press French support for the KRG in the fight against Is­lamic State (IS/ for­merly ISIS). It was the first visit by a head of state since IS mil­i­tants con­trolled large swaths of Iraq.

At a press con­fer­ence that or­ga­nized for both pres­i­dents, Pres­i­dent Barzani an­nounced that: “We are in­sist­ing on fight­ing against ter­ror­ism”, adding that: “Re­turn­ing the in­ter­nally dis­placed peo­ple to the place of their ori­gin and tak­ing nec­es­sary mea­sures to do so are the main mis­sions of all par­ties.”

Barzani fur­ther re­vealed that the lo­gis­tic and mil­i­tary aids of France and other friendly coun­tries have en­hanced the morale of Pesh­marga forces to con­front IS mil­i­tants. He stressed that the aids have changed the bal­ance of power in the fight­ing. Pres­i­dent Barzani said that IS is no longer ca­pa­ble of launch­ing at­tacks due to the air strikes and the fire power of the Pesh­marga.

Pres­i­dent Barzani con­tin­ued say­ing that cre­at­ing a global coali­tion to con­front IS and ter­ror is the fruit of the se­ri­ous ef­forts of France.

He ex­pressed grat­i­tude to France and its ef­forts to support the Kurds and the Kur­dish Pesh­marga fight­ers in the fight against the Is­lamic State, an­nounc­ing that: “France has con­firmed its true friend­ship with the Kurds again.”

Hol­lande's plane was car­ry­ing 15 tons of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to be de­liv­ered in the Kur­dish cap­i­tal of Er­bil later on Fri­day.

On his part, Hol­lande stated that French con­sulate has in­creased grant­ing visa to the Kur­dish peo­ple. Re­gard­ing the hu­man­i­tar­ian aids, Pres­i­dent Hol­lande said that his coun­try will keep send­ing the aids to the IDP. He stated that he heard from the IDP that they would like to go back to their places of ori­gin.

Pres­i­dent Hol­land ex­pressed his amaze­ment for the ca­pa­bil­ity of the Pesh­marga forces in the fight against IS, adding: “Pesh­marga has been able to ob­tain ben­e­fit from the mil­i­tary aids and the bal­ance has changed at the mo­ment.” He stressed that the mil­i­tary aids have to be in­creased in the fu­ture.

Pres­i­dent Hol­land said that a del­e­ga­tion from the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment will par­tic­i­pate in the up­com­ing in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence in Paris which will dis­cuss the mech­a­nism of how to fight the IS col­lec­tively.

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