Mogherini congratulates Peshmerga on their victories
The Kurdistan Region Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, received Federica Mogherini, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and her accompanying delegation at Erbil International Airport upon her arrival on Monday, December 22, 2014.
In a meeting between the two sides, Ms. Mogherini congratulated the people of Kurdistan and the Peshmerga forces for the victories they have achieved in Sinjar area.
She said that during her visit to Baghdad, she had also congratulated the Iraqi President and Iraqi Prime Minister on the occasion of these victories. She stated that the victories of the Peshmerga in Sinjar areas are important both for the morale of the Peshmerga forces and that of the international community.
Both sides discussed the fight against the Islamic State terrorist organization and stressed that it poses a threat to humanity and that it is essential to confront it in all its forms.
Prime Minister Barzani pointed out that the fight against ISIS could not be achieved only by military means. "It should also be tackled both intellectually and ideologically as well," he said.
The Prime Minister highlighted the importance of the international coalition and its support, both humanitarian and military, provided to the Kurdistan Region. He also praised the vital role played by the coalition air force in supporting the Peshmerga forces.
Whilst the Prime Minister thanked Ms. Mogherini for European Union’s support, he asserted that the Peshmerga forces need further military assistance, particularly heavy weapons and military training.
In this regard, the KRG Minister of Peshmerga Affairs, Mustafa Sayid Qadir highlighted the latest military developments in the war against ISIS and the needs and requirements of the Peshmerga forces.
Ms Mogherini emphasized that their efforts will continue to ensure that the Peshmerga are supported and assisted in all respects.
The Prime Minister also stressed the plight of over 1.5 million displaced people and refugees, who fled ISIS violence and took refuge in Kurdistan Region. He called on the European Union to intensify its efforts to encourage members of the Union and the international community to be more active in regard to the plight of these people and their dire need for further assistance. He also called on the Federal Government of Iraq to provide further assistance in or- der to alleviate their suffering.
The two sides also discussed the agreement concluded early this month between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Federal Government of Iraq on oil export and budgetary issues, Kurdistan's relations with its neighbors, and the repercussions of the war on terrorism in the region too.