Hun­gary and Italy to support Kur­dish forces

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Pres­i­dent Barzani Meets Hun­gar­ian Gov­ern­ment Del­e­ga­tion

On Novem­ber 10, Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani wel­comed a Hun­gar­ian gov­ern­ment del­e­ga­tion that in­cluded Hun­gary’s Min­is­ter of State for Se­cu­rity Pol­icy and In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion, István Mikola, sec­re­tary of State for De­fense, Tamás Vargha, and the Hun­gar­ian Am­bas­sador to Iraq.

The Hun­gar­ian del­e­ga­tion praised the role of the KRG in the fight against ISIS ter­ror­ists and re­it­er­ated their coun­try’s full support to the KRG. They also praised the KRG for ac­cept­ing large num­bers of refugees and IDPS from other parts of Iraq.

István Mikola said that Pres­i­dent Barzani’s visit to Hun­gary back in 2012 paved the way for mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two sides and added that his coun­try is keen to fur­ther de­velop ties with the KRG.

Pres­i­dent Barzani ex­pressed his thanks to the gov­ern­ment of Hun­gary for its mil­i­tary support for the pesh­merga forces and ex­pressed KRG’s readi­ness to ex­pand eco­nomic re­la­tions with Hun­gary.

Pres­i­dent Barzani Re­ceives Ital­ian

Mil­i­tary Del­e­ga­tion

On Novem­ber 12, Pres­i­dent Barzani re­ceived a high Ital­ian mil­i­tary del­e­ga­tion headed by Ad­mi­ral Luigi Bineli Man­telli, Chief of the Ital­ian Armed Forces in his of­fice. Dur­ing the meet­ing Pres­i­dent Barzani wel­comed ad­mi­ral Man­telli and the ac­com­pa­ny­ing del­e­ga­tion and thanked the peo­ple and the gov­ern­ment of Italy for their sup­port­ive role to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in its war against the ter­ror­ists of the Is­lamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Pres­i­dent Barzani also stated that the war that is cur­rently be­ing fought against the ter­ror­ists of ISIS is in­deed a chal­leng­ing con­flict and that the Pesh­merga forces are in need of as much support as pos­si­ble from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. The Pesh­merga forces, Pres­i­dent Barzani added, are fight­ing ISIS from Kobane to Khanaqin, which is an area of at least 1500 kilo­me­ters.

For his part ad­mi­ral Luigi Man­telli re­it­er­ated the support of the Ital­ian gov­ern­ment for the forces of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and the Iraqi army as they wage the war against ISIS. He added that the Ital­ian gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to support the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion mil­i­tar­ily as this war is be­ing fought on be­half of the free world against the ex­trem­ists of IS.

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