International community to further support Kurdistan
Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met last week with a number of senior international diplomats from around the world to discuss the latest developments in the Region, and ways to develop the cooperation in fighting terrorism.
PM Barzani sees relations with Ankara and Tehran “important”
PM Nechirvan Barzani received France’s newly appointed ambassador to Iraq, Mr Mark Barety, and his accompanying delegation.
Ambassador Barety said that he was very pleased to visit Kurdistan and he stressed the deepening of bilateral ties between France and the Kurdistan Region, which have his- toric relations based on solidarity. He commended the people and government of Kurdistan for aiding the displaced and refugees. France will continue its military for the Kurdistan Region and will increase its humanitarian support, he said.
The French ambassador added that several French humanitarian NGOs are due to come to Kurdistan to aid the displaced and refugees. He also highlighted the French cultural center’s activities.
The discussion also covered the security and military situation and the political process in Iraq, the importance of the Kurds and Sunni's participation in Iraq's new government, the establishment of an international coalition against terror, and the situation in Kobane.
The Prime Minister emphasized that the Kurdistan Region wishes to solve all the disputes with the federal government and reiterated Kurdistan’s support for Mr Abadi's government. He also stressed the importance of the Kurdistan Region’s relations with Tehran and Ankara.
Syrian issue is political and needs political solution
PM Barzani also met with Stephan Di Mistura, UN Special Envoy to Syria and an accompanying delegation.
Di Mistura praised the developments and achievements in Kurdistan since 1991 and thanked the Kurds for receiving and accommodating about 1.5 million refugees and displaced people, and promised that the UN and the international community will continue to deliver aid to the Region and the refugees.
Regarding the war agasint terror, Prime Minsiter Barzani that this is a threat to the world and needs cooperation of the international community to fight terrorism. He also reitereated that Kurdistan needs more help to fight terrorism.
Regarding the situation in Syria PM Barzani argued that it is not a military issue and cannot be solved by military action, but rather political solution must be sought to bring about stablility in the region.
Di Mistura said the Kurds have bravely fought agasint terrorism and a brigt future is awaiting them and they will reach their goals.
Kurds have many friend in the U.S. who support them
A delegation from the U.S. congress headed by Congressman Darrell Edward Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and attended by two other congressmen and the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq.
The delegation praised the people and the Peshmargas of Kurdistan for their resistance and fight against terrorism and reiterated that they have many friends in the U.S. who support them.
They said the Kurds fight for values that the free world believes in, and promised to mention in their report that the Peshmarga Forces are fighting in the frontlines and need support.
PM Barzani thanked the people and the government of the United States for standing out for Kurds during times of need.
“Kurds will continue to remove the threat that terror is posing on the world,” said PM Barzani. “However we need more arms, heavy weapons, and military training from the U.S. and the coalition countries, and I hope your report takes these into consideration.”