Nether­lands re­it­er­ates its sup­port for Pesh­merga

Pres­i­dent of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Meets with Dutch Min­is­ter of De­fense in Er­bil

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani re­ceived a Dutch mil­i­tary del­e­ga­tion on May 14 headed by the Min­is­ter of De­fense, Ms. Jea­nine Hen­nis-Plass­chaert. Min­is­ter Hen­nis-Plass­chaert and Pres­i­dent Barzani dis­cussed the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in­so­far as the war against the ter­ror­ists of the Is­lamic State is con­cerned. The two sides also spoke of Pres­i­dent Barzani's re­cent vis­its to the United States, Hun­gary and the Czech Repub­lic.

Min­is­ter Hen­nis-Plass­chaert took the op­por­tu­nity to praise the Pesh­merga forces for their suc­cesses against the Is­lamic State which she de­scribed as a com­mon en­emy. On the is­sue of co­op­er­a­tion with and sup­port for the Pesh­merga forces, the min­is­ter said that the Nether­lands would con­tinue to work for the pur­suit of as­sist­ing the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion with the ul­ti­mate aim of de­feat­ing the ter­ror­ists.

Pres­i­dent Barzani ex­pressed his thanks to the peo­ple and gov­ern­ment of the Nether­lands and warmly wel­comed Min­is­ter Hen­nis-Plass­chaert's state­ments of sup­port for the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

In April, the Dutch gov­ern­ment re­port­edly pledged to pro­vide a num­ber of F-16 war­planes and up to 400 mil­i­tary ad­vis­ers to sup­port Pesh­merga and other Iraqi forces in the fight against IS mil­i­tants who over­ran large parts of the coun­try in 2014.

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