US re­it­er­ates its support for KRG

Pres­i­dent Barzani re­ceives US Chief of Staff of Army Gen­eral Odierno fol­low­ing KRG of­fi­cials’ visit to Wash­ing­ton

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

On Novem­ber 25, Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani wel­comed Chief of Staff of the United States Army, Gen­eral Ray­mond Odierno, who is vis­it­ing to as­sess first­hand the sta­tus of the fight against ISIS ter­ror­ists and the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the Pesh­merga, the coali­tion forces and the Iraqi army.

Gen­eral Odierno com­mended the brav­ery of the Pesh­merga forces and ex­pressed his con­do­lences for the fallen martyrs. He stated that the United States would con­tinue its support for the Kur­dish forces and Iraq in the fight against ISIS ter­ror­ists, adding that it would also work to fur­ther stream­line its support and co­or­di­na­tion with the Pesh­merga.

Pres­i­dent Barzani said that de­feat­ing ISIS ter­ror­ists needs a joint ef­fort and that in par­al­lel to the mil­i­tary ef­fort there is also need for a re­al­is­tic po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity so­lu­tion in the coun­try.

The two sides dis­cussed the re­quire­ments of the Pesh­merga forces and ways of bol­ster­ing co­op­er­a­tion and co­or­di­na­tion among the Pesh­merga, the Iraqi se­cu­rity forces and the coali­tion.

Ear­lier this month, sev­eral se­nior Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials paid a visit to Wash­ing­ton aim­ing at gain­ing more sup­ports for Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. The four-day visit cul­mi­nated in the in­tro­duc­tion of a draft to Congress that would au­tho­rize the US Gov­ern­ment to sup­ply mil­i­tary equip­ment, weapons, and train­ing di­rectly to Kur­dish Pesh­merga forces.

Fuad Hus­sein, Chief of Staff to Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani, and Min­is­ter Falah Mustafa, Head of the Depart­ment of For­eign Re­la­tions, con­cluded their visit to Wash­ing­ton last Thurs­day with meet­ings with se­nior US ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials and mem­bers of the Congress. Through­out the week the del­e­ga­tion had con­ducted nu­mer­ous meet­ings with mem­bers of the Congress and was pleased to see the bill in­tro­duced to the House For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee on the last day of their visit.

Com­ment­ing on the visit, Hus­sein said, “We ap­plaud Congress on the in­tro­duc­tion of this his­toric bill, which not only demon­strates Amer­i­can com­mit­ment to fight­ing ter­ror­ism, but reaf­firms the long­stand­ing al­liance be­tween the US and peo­ple of the Kur­dis­tan.”

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