Mogherini con­grat­u­lates Pesh­merga on their vic­to­ries

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.

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