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.
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.