US hails successes by Peshmerga
US special presidential envoy is in Erbil to meet with Kurdish leaders
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani met with the US special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, General John Allen, in Salahaddin today.
General Allen congratulated the recent military successes by Peshmerga forces against the ISIS terrorists and commended the leadership and personal supervision of President Barzani in these operations, in particular the breaking of the Mount Sinjar siege and the liberation of the towns of Zummar and Rabiia. He added that other countries in the international coalition against ISIS are also very impressed by the bravery and the sacrifices of the Peshmerga.
General Allen welcomed the recent military cooperation between Erbil and Baghdad, and reiterated that the United States would continue to support the Peshmerga forces.
President Barzani thanked the Unites States, and other coalition countries, for their military support for the Kurdish forces, adding that the people of Kurdistan are very encouraged to have a good friend like the United States. He said that the recent terror attacks in Paris prove that terrorism is a global threat and it needs a global response.
The President and the US Envoy, who was accompanied by US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Brett McGurk and US Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones, also discussed ways of further cooperation in the fight against terrorism, and the military requirements of the Peshmerga forces.
On the same day, Allen visited Kurdish Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani.
Prime Minister Barzani expressed his gratitude and appre- ciation for the support and assistance that Kurdistan is receiving from the international coalition, particularly for carrying out air strikes which have played a major role in helping the Peshmerga forces and changing the balance of power. He stressed that the Peshmerga forces need more developed weapons and training.
The two sides also discussed the recent agreement reached between Erbil and Baghdad on oil export and budgetary issues. They stressed the importance of the continuation of high level visits between Erbil and Baghdad with the view to improving the relations. The situation in Iraq and the wider region in general was also among the topics discussed in the meeting.