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