UK to con­tinue pro­vid­ing mil­i­tary and hu­man­i­tar­ian support for Kur­dis­tan

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

The Kur­dish Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani re­ceived on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 13, Philip Ham­mond, the UK Sec­re­tary of State and Com­mon­wealth Af­fairs and his ac­com­pa­ny­ing del­e­ga­tion, which in­cluded a num­ber of diplo­matic and mil­i­tary of­fi­cials among them the UK's am­bas­sador to Iraq.

Ham­mond ex­pressed his hap­pi­ness about his visit and said that prior to fly­ing into Er­bil he was in Bagh­dad and he felt a pos­i­tive po­lit­i­cal at­mos­phere due to the decision of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion to par­tic­i­pate in the new Iraqi gov­ern­ment and send­ing the Kur­dish min­is­ters to com­mence their new mis­sions.

Ham­mond men­tioned that this move will en­cour­age Bagh­dad au­thor­i­ties to take nec­es­sary mea­sures to solve the is­sues be­tween the cen­tral and the re­gional gov­ern­ments.

UK's Sec­re­tary of State talked about the se­cu­rity and hu­man­i­tar­ian con­di­tions in Kur­dis­tan and hailed the ef­forts of the KRG to re­ceive and ac­com­mo­date this huge num­ber of refugees and dis­placed fam­i­lies de­spite its fi­nan­cial and se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion. He called on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to help the refugees dur­ing the com­ing win­ter sea­son.

Ham­mond also praised the Pesh­marge forces for their suc­cess in their fight against the Is­lamic State ter­ror­ists and re­mov­ing se­cu­rity threats away from Kur­dis­tan's bor­ders. He re­it­er­ated his coun­try's com­mit­ment to con­tinue pro- vid­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian and mil­i­tary support to Kur­dis­tan as part of the in­ter­na­tional coali­tion against ISIS.

Min­is­ter Ham­mond re­it­er­ated that his gov­ern­ment is will­ing to im­prove its bi­lat­eral re­la­tions with Kur­dis­tan in all as­pects es­pe­cially in the ar­eas mu­tu­ally agreed upon dur­ing the last visit of KRG's Prime Min­is­ter to London. He also stated that they are still work­ing on launch­ing di­rect flights be­tween Er­bil and London and they are try­ing to do that in the near­est fu­ture.

PM Barzani ex­pressed his grat­i­tude for the decision by the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment and Par­lia­ment to help Kur­dis­tan in this dif­fi­cult time and said that Kur­dis­tan still needs more mil­i­tary support to de­feat ISIS and also to help more than one mil­lion dis­placed peo­ple who have fled into the re­gion in the re­cent months.

After the meet­ing, PM Barzani and Min­is­ter Ham­mond spoke to the jour­nal­ists in a press con­fer­ence, where Min­is­ter Ham­mond said they dis­cussed the mil­i­tary achieve­ments in the fight against ISIS and he also said he was sur­prised by the ca­pa­bil­ity of the Pesh­marga forces in fight­ing ISIS.

Ham­mond also talked about the sit­u­a­tion in the Syr­ian Kur­dish city of Kobane and said they watch the scenes of Kobane on a daily ba­sis, but that the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity has a long term plan to counter ISIS and that the in­ter­na­tional coali­tion has a joint plan to up­root the ter­ror­ist group.

PM Barzani told re­porters that he has told Ham­mond that they need heavy arms such as anti-tanks and he­li­copters to de­feat ISIS. “We need to have weapons sim­i­lar to what ISIS has," he said.

Barzani also talked about their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the new Iraqi gov­ern­ment and said "we have de­cided to send our min­is­ters to Bagh­dad, and af­ter­wards we will set a time to send a del­e­ga­tion to Bagh­dad to re­solve the pend­ing is­sues with the cen­tral gov­ern­ment.”

The Kur­dish Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani re­ceived on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 13, Philip Ham­mond, the UK Sec­re­tary of State and Com­mon­wealth Af­fairs and his ac­com­pa­ny­ing del­e­ga­tion, which in­cluded a num­ber of diplo­matic and mil­i­tary of­fi­cials.

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