Obama and Barzani meet at the White House
Obama and Biden praised the bravery of the Kurdish forces in countering the IS.
The White House stated that Obama and Biden met with President Masoud Barzani Tuesday and praised the Kurdish Peshmerga victories over the Islamic State terrorists.
President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and president of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, discussed a range of issues including the campaign to degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State and the status of ongoing political initiatives to address the needs of the Iraqi people and foster cooperation across all communities in the war-torn country, said a statement released after the talks.
The statement added that Obama and Biden emphasized the territorial integrity of Iraq.
“President Obama and Vice President Biden reaffirmed the United States’ strong and continued support to the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and the Kurdish people. They also reaffirmed the United States’ enduring commitment under the Strategic Framework Agreement to a united, federal and democratic Iraq, as defined in the Iraqi constitution,” the White House said.
Obama and Biden also praised the bravery of the Kurdish forces in countering the IS.
“President Barzani thanked President Obama and Vice President Biden for the significant military support that the United States has provided to the Kurdish Peshmerga in coordination with the Iraqi government and the Iraqi Security Forces, including the military action taken to protect Erbil and other parts of Iraqi Kurdistan following the fall of Mosul,” the White House said.
President Barzani headed for the US on Saturday, accompanied by a high-level KRG delegation.