Kur­dis­tan and Iraq boost mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion to lib­er­ate Mo­sul

Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani wel­comed a del­e­ga­tion from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment of Iraq headed by Prime Min­is­ter Haider al-Abadi.

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The del­e­ga­tion in­cluded a num­ber of mil­i­tary and se­cu­rity of­fi­cials as well as im­mi­gra­tion and other Iraqi of­fi­cials. Pres­i­dent Barzani and Prime Min­is­ter al-Abadi dis­cussed the lat­est mil­i­tary ad­vances by the Pesh­merga forces and com­mended their achieve­ments and also the Iraqi armed forces and the lat­est ad­vances against the ter­ror­ists of the Is­lamic State in the Prov­ince of Tikrit.

The two sides also spoke of the up­com­ing op­er­a­tions es­pe­cially re­gard­ing the lib­er­a­tion of Mo­sul from the hands of the ter­ror­ists of the Is­lamic State.

Prime Min­is­ter al-Abadi stated that the mu­tual in­ter­ests of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment in Bagh­dad are far more sig­nif­i­cant than any ob­sta­cles.

Ac­cord­ing to Abadi, Bagh­dad and Er­bil face a com­mon en­emy and should im­prove their re­la­tions to help con­front the IS. His trip comes less than a week af­ter the Is­lamic State mil­i­tants were driven out of the city of Tikrit by Iraqi forces and coali­tion air strikes.

"Our visit to Er­bil to­day is to co­or­di­nate and co­op­er­ate on a joint plan to lib­er­ate the peo­ple of Nin­eveh," Abadi said at a joint news con­fer­ence with Kur­dish Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani on Mon­day.

Abadi de­clined to lay out a timetable for the plan to re­take Nin­eveh, of which Mo­sul is the cap­i­tal, in or­der not to lose the "el­e­ment of sur­prise".

On his part, Pres­i­dent Barzani stated that the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Er­bil and Bagh­dad will con­tinue and that the re­la­tions be­tween the two will only be strength­ened.

Prior to the com­ple­tion of the Prime Min­is­ter's visit to Er­bil, Pres­i­dent Barzani and Prime Min­is­ter al-Abadi vis­ited the refugee camp of Bahrke in the out­skirts of Er­bil to see the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of IDPs from the Nin­eveh plains and other ar­eas.

Pres­i­dent Barzani and Prime Min­is­ter al-Abadi both stated to a num­ber of fam­i­lies in the camp that their main pri­or­ity is lib­er­at­ing their ar­eas and rid­ding Iraq of ter­ror­ists.

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