Pres­i­dent Barzani Wel­comes Canadian For­eign Min­is­ter Ni­chol­son

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani wel­comed Canada’s Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Rob Ni­chol­son in Er­bil to­day. In a meet­ing be­tween the two, they dis­cussed the fight against the ISIS ter­ror­ists, the mil­i­tary and hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance by Canada to the KRG, and en­hanc­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween the two sides.

For­eign Min­is­ter Rob Ni­chol­son com­mended the brav­ery of the Pesh­marga forces in fight­ing the ISIS ter­ror­ists. He said as part of the in­ter­na­tional coali­tion, Canada would con­tinue to sup­port the KRG with mil­i­tary as­sis­tance and added that his coun­try is com­mit­ted to the se­cu­rity of the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan.

Pres­i­dent Barzani thanked Canada for its stead­fast sup­port for Kur­dis­tan in this fight, adding that the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan are grate­ful for this sup­port.

Ni­chol­son first ar­rived in Bagh­dad to meet the coun­try's lead­er­ship and moved on to Kur­dis­tan's cap­i­tal of Er­bil for meet­ings with the Kur­dish lead­ers. He said the trip would help the gov­ern­ment as­sess whether to ex­tend its six­month mil­i­tary com­mit­ment to the coali­tion that is fight­ing the Is­lamic State mil­i­tants.

"Progress is be­ing made, but more needs to be done," said Ni­chol­son, who vis­ited some of the 69 Canadian Spe­cial Forces com­man­dos who are train­ing Kur­dish Pesh­marga fighters.

Canada has also con­trib­uted a half dozen CF-18 fighter jets to the in­ter­na­tional coali­tion that is try­ing to di­min­ish ISIS's strength.

The Min­is­ter also vis­ited an in­ter­nally dis­placed per­son's camp in Kur­dis­tan and lauded the ef­forts of aid work­ers, in­clud­ing the Cana­di­ans.

"It gives you a good feel­ing about what our coun­try is do­ing but it doesn't change the fact that there is dev­as­ta­tion in­flicted on the peo­ple of this area by ISIS, and this is some­thing the world can't tol­er­ate."

In Bagh­dad, Ni­chol­son met his Iraqi coun­ter­part Ibrahim al-Jaa­fari and Prime Min­is­ter Haider Al-Abadi.

"There was recog­ni­tion that this is not just a mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion, that it's much more com­plex than that, and that they will need con­tin­ued sup­port and help. Canada is very in­ter­ested in con­tin­u­ing that kind of sup­port," Ni­chol­son said.

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