Pres­i­dent Barzani: what is hap­pen­ing is a nat­u­ral out­come of a demo­cratic process

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani wel­comed Nor­way’s For­eign Min­is­ter Borge Brende and De­fense Min­is­ter Ine Marie Erik­sen Søreide in his of­fice in Er­bil on Au­gust 24.

In their meet­ing, Pres­i­dent Barzani and the Nor­we­gian Min­is­ters dis­cussed Nor­way’s role, as part of the in­ter­na­tional coali­tion against the ISIS, in sup­port­ing the Pesh­merga forces with train­ing and ca­pac­ity build­ing. They also dis­cussed po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments in the coun­try and in the wider re­gion.

For­eign Min­is­ter Brende com­mended the role of Pres­i­dent Barzani in lead­ing the Pesh­merga forces against the ter­ror­ists and for his per­sonal in­volve­ment in su­per­vis­ing bat­tles in the front lines against the ISIS. He re­it­er­ated his coun­try’s com­mit­ment to con­tinue to sup­port the Pesh­merga.

Pres­i­dent Barzani thanked Nor- way for its sup­port and ex­pressed his hope that this co­op­er­a­tion can be fur­ther strength­ened. He said "with the sup­port of Nor­way and other coali­tion part­ners the Pesh­merga have been able to stand up to the ISIS ter­ror­ists and in­flict heavy losses on them."

On the po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments in Kur­dis­tan, the Pres­i­dent said that what is hap­pen­ing is a nat­u­ral out­come of a demo­cratic process, em­pha­siz­ing that the po­lit­i­cal dis­putes be­tween the par­ties have not in any way af­fected the morale of the Pesh­merga forces.

The Pres­i­dent and the Nor­we­gian del­e­ga­tion also dis­cussed de­vel­op­ments in Syria and in Tur­key. On the cur­rent con­flict be­tween Tur­key and the PKK, the Pres­i­dent said that the only so­lu­tion is go­ing back to ne­go­ti­a­tions, and the KRG is ready to help restart the peace process again.

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