PM Barzani and US Deputy Sec­re­tary of State Dis­cuss Re­gional Sit­u­a­tion

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani last week re­ceived the United States Deputy Sec­re­tary of State, Mr. Tony Blinken, and his ac­com­pa­ny­ing del­e­ga­tion.

In the meet­ing, also at­tended by Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Qubad Tal­a­bani, the US del­e­ga­tion con­grat­u­lated Pesh­merga forces for their sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ment in lib­er­at­ing the town of Sin­jar, prais­ing the high level of co­op­er­a­tion with coali­tion forces.

Fol­low­ing the del­e­ga­tion’s visit to a camp host­ing in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons, IDPs, Mr. Blinken said the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment, KRG, has ac­com­mo­dated IDPs quite well de­spite the bur­dens of se­vere fi­nan­cial con­straints and the in­tense con­flict with the Is­lamic State ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion, ISIS. He noted that they would work to en­cour­age the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to im­prove hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance.

Prime Min­is­ter Barzani thanked the United States for its ef­forts and sup­port that helped change the mil­i­tary bal­ance of power in fa­vor of the Pesh­merga and coali­tion forces. He con­veyed the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the peo­ple of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, the KRG, and the Pesh­merga forces for US mili- tary and hu­man­i­tar­ian sup­port since the emer­gence of the ISIS threat.

Prime Min­is­ter Barzani ex­pressed his hope that the United State would as­sist the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in re­con­struct­ing Sin­jar and other lib­er­ated ar­eas.

Re­gard­ing the Re­gion’s eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion, Prime Min­is­ter Barzani dis­cussed the KRG’s plan for re­form. The del­e­ga­tion of­fered the United States’ readi­ness in as­sist­ing the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion with pro­fes­sional con­sul­tancy.

KRG-US re­la­tions, Er­bil-Bagh­dad re­la­tions, and the gen­eral sit­u­a­tion of the Re­gion were also dis­cussed.

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