Pres­i­dent Barzani and U. S. Sec­re­tary of De­fense meet in Er­bil

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani re­ceived a United States Depart­ment of De­fense Del­e­ga­tion headed by Sec­re­tary Ashton Carter. The U.S. del­e­ga­tion in­cluded State Depart­ment and other diplo­matic per­son­nel.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Pres­i­dent Barzani and Sec­re­tary Carter dis­cussed the lat­est mil­i­tary oper­a­tions against the ter­ror­ists of the Is­lamic State in Kur­dis­tan, Iraq and other ar­eas in the re­gion. The two also dis­cussed yes­ter­day's ter­ror­ists’ at­tacks across a num­ber of fronts in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

Sec­re­tary Carter con­veyed Pres­i­dent Obama's mes­sage to Pres­i­dent Barzani that the United States will con­tinue to sup­port the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and that the part­ner­ship be­tween the United States and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has been fur­ther so­lid­i­fied since the start of the ter­ror­ists at­tacks in the sum­mer of 2014. Sec­re­tary Carter stated that in re­cent com­mu­ni­ca­tions with other al­lies, he has asked them for more sup­port for the Pesh­merga forces of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

Pres­i­dent Barzani on his part ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the United States gov­ern­ment for its mil­i­tary sup­port against Is­lamic State and added that their sup­port has in­deed been es­sen­tial to de­feat­ing the ter­ror­ists.

Mr. Carter, on a trip through the re­gion, has been urg­ing coali­tion part­ners to do more as part of Wash­ing­ton’s ef­fort to in­ten­sify the cam­paign against Is­lamic State. But Iraq’s cen­tral gov­ern­ment so far has been re­luc­tant to ac­cept of­fers of ad­di­tional Amer­i­can help, in­clud­ing de­ploy­ments of Apache at­tack he­li­copters, of­fi­cials said.

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