Barzani ap­pre­ci­ates U. S. and Hungary’s sup­port for Pesh­merga

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Pres­i­dent of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Ma­soud Barzani re­ceived a United States mil­i­tary and diplo­matic del­e­ga­tion headed by Gen­eral John Allen, the Spe­cial Pres­i­den­tial En­voy for the Global Coali­tion to counter IS. Gen­eral Allen was ac­com­pa­nied by a num­ber of of­fi­cials from both the State and De­fense De­part­ments. The meet­ing be­gan by Mr. Allen ex­press­ing his ac­knowl­edg­ment of the sac­ri­fices of the Pesh­merga forces in the cur­rent global ef­fort against the ter­ror­ists of the Is­lamic State, adding that that has even fur­ther strength­ened the re­la­tions be­tween the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and the United States.

Pres­i­dent Barzani who wel­comed the del­e­ga­tion with the pres­ence of the Chan­cel­lor of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, Mas­rour Barzani as well as a num­ber of mil­i­tary per­son­nel in­clud­ing the Min­is­ter of Pesh­merga Af­fairs, spoke of the latest mil­i­tary de­vel­op­ments in the war against the IS.

Pres­i­dent Barzani and Gen­eral Allen dis­cussed the latest events con­cern- ing the ef­forts against the Is­lamic State in­clud­ing Rus­sia's in­volve­ment where Pres­i­dent Barzani re­it­er­ated his po­si­tion of wel­com­ing any help against the ter­ror­ists and called for more co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the part­ners in the U.S.-led coali­tion against the IS.

Pres­i­dent Barzani re­peated on be­half of the peo­ple of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the sup­port from the United States and other al­lies in the war against the Is­lamic State, and added that this war will end with the vic­tory of the free world and the de­feat of the cruel ter­ror­ists of the IS.

A few days ear­lier, Barzani also met with Stu­art Jones, the US Am­bas­sador to Iraq. They dis­cussed Kur­dish fight­ing against the Is­lamic State group (IS), re­cent ad­vances by Pesh­merga forces and Rus­sia's re­cent mil­i­tary in­volve­ment in Syria.

The am­bas­sador of­fered his con­grat­u­la­tions for Pesh­merga ad­vances in ISIS-con­trolled ter­ri­to­ries in western Kirkuk and con­do­lences for the 1,300 Kur­dish sol­diers killed in the war that be­gan in Au­gust last year, said a state­ment from the Kur­dis­tan pres­i­dency.

Co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the US-led coali­tion and Pesh­merga forces on the bat­tle­field was a cen­tral point of Sun­day’s meet­ing, with both sides reaf­firm­ing that greater co­op­er­a­tion was needed in the war against the mil­i­tants.

The US mil­i­tary as­sis- tance to the Pesh­merga and de­vel­op­ments on the bat­tle­fields in Iraq and Syria were also dis­cussed. The two talked about Rus­sia’s in­volve­ment in the war in Syria, which Barzani has wel­comed.

“Many other coun­tries should en­gage in the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria and they must erad­i­cate the ex­trem­ist group at the root,” Barzani said in a state­ment on Satur­day.

“The Kur­dis­tan Re­gion wel­comes any coun­try or party that would help the Pesh­merga against ISIS and in this light we welcome Rus­sia’s par­tic­i­pa­tion,” he said in Satur­day’s state­ment.

In the same week, Barzani re­ceived Hun­gar­ian For­eign Min­is­ter Péter Sz­i­jjártó. In a meet­ing be­tween the two held in the city of Duhok, the Pres­i­dent and the Hun­gar­ian For­eign Min­is­ter dis­cussed the plight of in­ter­nally dis­placed peo­ple and refugees in Kur­dis­tan it­self and the mi­grants and refugees head­ing to Europe from the Re­gion..

The Hun­gar­ian For­eign Min­is­ter re­it­er­ated his coun­try’s sup­port to Kur­dis­tan Pesh­merga forces by pro­vid­ing mil­i­tary as­sis­tance and train­ing.

Pres­i­dent Barzani thanked Hungary for its sup­port to the Pesh­merga forces. On the refugee and mi­grant cri­sis, the Pres­i­dent said that the root causes of this is­sue must be ad­dressed. He said the threat of ter­ror­ism and eco­nomic chal­lenges are two of the main causes forc­ing peo­ple to leave their coun­tries.

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