Pres­i­dent Barzani: De­feat­ing ter­ror­ism needs in­ter­na­tional ef­fort

Pres­i­dent of Kur­dis­tan dis­cusses se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in Iraq and Kur­dis­tan Re­gion with UK and South Korean Am­bas­sadors to Iraq

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani met with the new UK Am­bas­sador to Iraq, Frank Baker, in Er­bil on Sept 23. The Pres­i­dent and the UK Am­bas­sador ex­changed views on the fight against the ISIS ter­ror­ists, both in Iraq and Syr­ian, par­tic­u­larly the ef­forts by the Pesh­merga forces and the coali­tion air strikes that have started tar­get­ing ISIS po­si­tions in Syria.

They both agreed that there should be no safe haven for ISIS ter­ror­ists nei­ther in Iraq nor in Syria. They also em­pha­sized that mil­i­tary con­fronta­tion is not enough, and that po­lit­i­cal and other means must also be pur­sued to de­feat­ing the ter­ror­ists.

Pres­i­dent Barzani said that a dis­tinc­tion must be made be­tween in­di­vid­u­als and groups, be­tween those who have sup­ported ISIS and com­mit­ted crimes and oth­ers who only hap­pened to re­side in ar­eas taken by ISIS and are in­no­cent.

The next day, Pres­i­dent Barzani met with South Korean am­bas­sador to Iraq Joe John­gon. A state­ment by the pres­i­dency of the prov­ince said that Barzani, dur­ing his meet­ing with South Korean am­bas­sador to Iraq Joe John­gon and his ac­com­pa­ny­ing del­e­ga­tion ex­pressed his support for the steps of the in­ter­na­tional coali­tion about tar­get­ing the ter­ror­ists inside Syr­ian ter­ri­tory, not­ing that the ter­ror­ists have used Syr­ian ter­ri­tory as a base and a spring­board for at­tacks on Kur­dis­tan and Iraq, and that the de­struc­tion of this base gives a strong im­pe­tus to ac­cel­er­ate de­feat­ing them.

Barzani said that the ter­ror­ists are de­feated at the hands of the Pesh­merga forces, stress­ing that ter­ror­ism is a global threat, so de­feat­ing them re­quires a joint in­ter­na­tional ef­fort.

For his part, the South Korean Am­bas­sador said Korean com­pa­nies are will­ing to ex­pand their in­vest­ments in the Kur­dis­tan re­gion, and that the diplo­matic of­fice of South Korea in Er­bil will con­tinue in the per­for­mance of its work to de­velop bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, prais­ing the role of the Pesh­merga forces in the war against ter­ror­ists, point­ing out that his coun­try sup­ports the re­gional Gov­ern­ment in its fight against them and help­ing the dis­placed peo­ple

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani met with the new UK Am­bas­sador to Iraq, Frank Baker, in Er­bil on Sept 23.

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