US hails suc­cesses by Pesh­merga

US spe­cial pres­i­den­tial en­voy is in Er­bil to meet with Kur­dish lead­ers

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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.

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