U. S. Ambassador Jones Speaks at MERI Forum
The U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Stuart E. Jones, participated in the 2015 Middle East Research Institute (MERI) Forum. Ambassador Jones made remarks as part of a moderated panel discussion entitled “Winning the War Against ISIS: Visions and Strategies,” during which he outlined how recent Iraqi Security Forces, Popular Mobilization Forces, and Peshmerga battlefield successes, achieved with support from the U.S.-led Coalition, demonstrate that Da’esh is losing. Also speaking on the panel were Qubad Talabani, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government; David Pollock, of the Washington Institute; and Sherwan Al-Waili, Security Advisor to the President of Iraq.
The U.S. Embassy in Iraq told the Kurdish Globe that Ambassador Jones, while in Erbil, also met with former KRG Prime Minister Barham Salih to discuss ongoing military coordination between the KRG, the Government of Iraq, the United States, and the anti-Da’esh Coalition, as well as U.S. efforts to support humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons and refugees living in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.
The second annual MERI Forum focused on the theme “Sharing Visions of the Future of the Middle East,” and brought together senior national and international policymakers, academics and Iraqi government officials, including from the Kurdistan Regional Government, for conversation and debate on the challenges facing Iraq and broader Middle East region.