EU delegation urges Baghdad to decentralize political and economic powers
forces as important and integral part of Iraq's defense system. He indicated he would spare no effort to resolve the Peshmarga related outstanding issue with Baghdad. He expressed his wishes that the much expected visit of Kurdistan Region's delegation to Baghdad could pave the way in solving all the outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad.
The Defense Minister noted that enhancing the Iraqi Army's capabilities is needed now as it goes on the offensive.
Prime Minster Barzani praised the participation of Arab countries in the international coalition and acknowledged their participation as crucial. While considering coalition forces air strikes successful, the Prime Minister emphasized that they are alone not enough, and that the fight against terror needs a change in strategy. He stressed the need for the ground forces to be well armed and well equipped.
Prime Minister Barzani expressed optimism about the future. He emphasized the KRG's positive interest and disposition in settling all outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad through respectful dialog and negotiation.
Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Monday, November 3, 2014, received a European Union delegation headed by Mr. Hugues Mingarelli, the Managing Director for North Africa, Middle East, the Arabian Peninsula, Iran and Iraq at the European External Action Service, along with EU officials and the EU Ambassador to Iraq.