President Barzani: The political disputes will be resolved soon
“The political disputes in the Kurdistan Region will be resolved without an adverse impact on the security and stability of the Region.”
A United States congress delegation met with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani in Erbil on October 14th, reiterating their support for Erbil.
The US delegation consisted of Senators Mitch McConnel, Tom Cotton, Mike Rounds, Joni Ernst and Andy Barr. They were accompanied by the US Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones, the General Consul in Erbil Matthias Mitman and a number of military officials.
The guests declared their admiration for the role of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Peshmerga in the war against Islamic State (IS), and promised continued US support.
President Barzani, in return, thanked the US for providing military and humanitarian support to the Peshmerga and the KRG.
Barzani explained that the ongoing war against IS, financial disputes with the central government in Baghdad and the huge number of refugees and IDPs arriving in the Kurdistan Region have made the situation ever more complicated.
He stressed that the political disputes in the Kurdistan Region will be resolved without an adverse impact on the security and stability of the region.
President Barzani receives UN envoy to Iraq
On the same day Barzani welcomed the United Nations Secretary General's envoy to Iraq, Mr. Jan Kubis. During the meeting President Barzani and Mr. Kubis discussed the latest developments in the war between the free world and the terrorists of the Islamic State in which the Peshmerga forces are a critical part.
The two sides also spoke of the internal issues in the Kurdistan Region following the events earlier this week where peaceful protests were politicized and were turned into acts of violence against the Kurdistan Democratic Party in the towns of Qaladize, Sayd Sadiq and Kalar. Mr. Kubis stated that those who were responsible for the violence which unfortunately led to life loss and property damages must be faced with justice and added that the political situation in the Kurdistan Region should be solved very soon.
Barzani receives the new Swedish Ambassador
The Swedish newly appointed ambassador to Iraq, who visited Barzani on October 13, asked the President to encourage the Kurdish political parties to resolves their tensions through dialogue. She also hoped the politi- cal unrest will not create negative impact upon the morale of Peshmerga in fighting against the IS.
Barzani and Abaddi spoke on the phone
Concerning the recent political and security developments Barzani was contacted through phone by the Iraq Prime Minister Haydar Abadi. Both sides reiterated mutual cooperation between the Iraqi army and the Kurdish forces of Peshmerga.
Barzani meets the new Nineva Governor
Barzani also met with the newly appointed Nineveh Governor in Erbil on October 10. Barzani hoped the new governor will be successful in his new career.
The governor thanked Kurdistan Regional government for holding a great number of displaced people who fled Nineveh toward the Kurdistan Region.