EU praises role of Barzani and Pesh­merga in fight­ing against ISIS

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani met with a Euro­pean Par­lia­ment del­e­ga­tion headed by MEP Charles Tan­nock. The Pres­i­dent and the EU del­e­ga­tion mem­bers dis­cussed the fight against ISIS, the mi­grant cri­sis in Europe, and po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments in Iraq and in the re­gion.

Charles Tan­nock ex­pressed his del­e­ga­tion’s full sup­port to the pesh­merga for their brav­ery and sac­ri­fices in fight­ing ISIS ter­ror­ists. David Ban­ner­man, MEP and head of the EU Par­lia­ment’s del­e­ga­tion for re­la­tions with Iraq, said Europe stands by the KRG in this fight.

Pres­i­dent Barzani spoke about sta­tus of the fight against ISIS and thanked in­ter­na­tional coali­tion mem­bers for their sup­port of the pesh­merga forces but added more sup­port is needed to pre­vail in this fight. On the mi­grant cri­sis to Europe, from Syria and Iraq, the Pres­i­dent said, "the root causes if this cri­sis must be ad­dressed. What is be­ing done now, is merely deal­ing with the con­se­quences." He added that EU coun­tries should sup­port the Syr­ian refugees in camps in neigh­bor­ing coun­tries, in­clud­ing those in Kur­dis­tan. The Pres­i­dent said that around 1,800,000 IDPs and Syr­ian refugees re­side in the KRG and this has put great strains on the KRG.

On the re­sump­tion of hos- tili­ties be­tween the Turk­ish gov­ern­ment forces and the PKK, the Pres­i­dent ex­pressed his dis­may and stated that the KRG would con­tinue to play a role in bring­ing an end to this con­flict.

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