UK to pro­vide Pesh­marga with more ad­vanced weapons

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s Chan­cel­lor of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, Mas­rour Barzani, met with Bri­tish De­fense Sec­re­tary Michael Fal­lon in London on Novem­ber 7. Fal­lon as­sured Barzani that UK is plan­ning to pro­vide more ad­vanced weaponry at the near­est op­por­tu­nity to the Pesh­marga forces.

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s Chan­cel­lor of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, Mas­rour Barzani, met with Bri­tish De­fense Sec­re­tary Michael Fal­lon in London on Novem­ber 7. Fal­lon as­sured Barzani that UK is plan­ning to pro­vide more ad­vanced weaponry at the near­est op­por­tu­nity to the Pesh­marga forces.

Fal­lon stressed that there is no po­lit­i­cal limit in sup­port­ing the Pesh­merga, adding that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion is in the fore­front con­fronting ISIS ter­ror­ism. He also high­lighted the stead­fast­ness of the Pesh­merga forces and the peo­ple of the Re­gion, and the support of the in­ter­na­tional coali­tion. He af­firmed the UK will en­hance co­or­di­na­tion and pro­vide ad­di­tional weapons, am­mu­ni­tion, and train­ing.

Present in the meet­ing was the Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter’s Se­cu­rity En­voy to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Sir Si­mon May­all who reaf­firmed his coun­try's support to Kur­dis­tan and Pshesh­marga.

Thank­ing the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment for its support, the Chan­cel­lor said, “The peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan and the Pesh­merga forces are fight­ing the ter­ror­ists on be­half of the free world. There­fore, the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and the coali­tion forces must work harder to arm the Kur­dish forces and pro­vide them with ad­vanced weapons.”

He ex­plained that “The pro­vi­sion of heavy and ad­vanced weaponry has so far not reached the re­quired level and asked that this is­sue be re­solved soon so that the Pesh­merga forces can de­feat the ter­ror­ists and de­grade their ca­pa­bil­i­ties and threats”.

Ear­lier, in his Euro­pean tour, the Chan­cel­lor of Se­cu­rity Coun­cil of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, Mas­rour Barzani, spoke to the For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment on Novem­ber 4 in Brussels. He ex­plained var­i­ous is­sues per­tain­ing to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, Iraq, the fight against ter­ror, the des­per­ate sit­u­a­tion of dis­placed peo­ple, the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in the Mid­dle East, and the role of the United States and Europe in the re­gion.

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