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