Barzani and Ham­mond dis­cuss fight against IS

UK For­eign Sec­re­tary com­mends the role of Kur­dis­tan and the Pesh­merga forces in the fight the IS ter­ror­ists

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

Pres­i­dent Barzani thanked the UK and other coali­tion coun­tries for their support to the Pesh­merga forces and noted the re­cent gains by the Kur­dish forces against the ter­ror­ists.

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani wel­comed UK For­eign Sec­re­tary Philip Ham­mond on Mon­day. In a meet­ing in the Pres­i­dent’s of­fice in Sala­haddin, the Pres­i­dent and the UK For­eign Sec­re­tary dis­cussed the fight against Is­lamic State (IS) ter­ror­ists, re­cent ad­vances by the Pesh­merga forces, and the po­lit­i­cal process in Bagh­dad.

Pres­i­dent Barzani thanked the UK and other coali­tion coun­tries for their support to the Pesh­merga forces and noted the re­cent gains by the Kur­dish forces against the ter­ror­ists.

For­eign Sec­re­tary Ham­mond com­mended the role of Kur­dis­tan and the Pesh­merga in the fight against the IS ter­ror­ists and rec­og­nized that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has shoul­dered a greater share of the fight.

Both agreed that to de­feat the IS ter­ror­ists, in ad­di­tion to joint mil­i­tary, po­lit­i­cal, and eco­nomic ef­forts, the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity needs to con­front their warped and twisted ide­ol­ogy.

On the po­lit­i­cal process in Iraq, Pres­i­dent Barzani stated that the Kurds have de­cided to support the new Iraqi prime min­is­ter.

Fol­low­ing the meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Barzani, Ham­mond told jour­nal­ists at a news con­fer­ence that the sit­u­a­tion in Kobani was of "great con­cern", but damp­ened hopes of any speedy in­ter­na­tional ef­fort to pro­tect the town from IS.

"We've al­ways been clear that the coali­tion and the support it can pro- vide is a long-term strate­gic project," he said.

In the news con­fer­ence, Ham­mond ruled out send- ing any Bri­tish forces to com­bat in Iraq.

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani wel­comed UK For­eign Sec­re­tary Philip Ham­mond on Oc­to­ber 13, 2014

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