Barzani in War Fronts to meet Peshmerge commanders
The president of the Kurdistan region, Massoud Barzani accompanied by several officials including Peshmerga Minister, Mustafa Said Qader arrived in West of Kirkuk on Thursday to inspect Peshmerga forces and meet with their commanders in the West section of the province.
During his visit, he inspected the Kurdish Peshmerga forces that are spread in the area of contact with the militants of the organization of the Islamic State.
Barzani appreciated the forces for the role they play in fighting against ISIS and paid his tribute to those martyred in the wars. He also appreciated them for the great success they achieved in Maaskar Khalid and Talward areas.
The commanders also let Brazani know about Peshmerga needs, and Barzani promised to respond to the needs as soon as possible.
Barzani meets Czech Republic Foreign Minister
In the same day, President Barzani welcomed the Czech Republic’s Minister of For- eign Affairs, Lubomír Zaorálek. In a meeting in Erbil, the President and the Czech Foreign Minister discussed strengthening bilateral relations and military support by the Czech Republic to Iraq and peshmerga forces fighting terrorism.
Foreign Minister Zaorálek praised the role of the peshmerga forces in the fight against ISIS terrorists and expressed his country’s readiness to support this effort. He said he country is also keen to enhance economic ties with Kurdistan and to this end plans to upgrade his country’s diplomatic presence in Erbil to a consulate general. He also lauded the KRG for taking in large numbers of refugees and IDPs from other parts of Iraq.
President Barzani thanked the Czech Republic for its support of Kurdistan and warmly welcomed its decision to open its consulate general in Erbil.
The two also discussed threat posed by the ISIS terrorists and the efforts to combat this threat. President Barzani stated that the Kurds are proud to be at the forefront of this fight and standing up to the terrorists along a 1,500-km long front from the city of Kobane in Syria to Diyala province in eastern Iraq.