Barzani, Gen. Austin dis­cuss fight­ing ter­ror­ism

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani re­ceived a mil­i­tary and diplo­matic del­e­ga­tion from the United States headed by Gen­eral Lloyd Austin, the com­man­der of U.S. Cen­tral Com­mand. U.S. am­bas­sador to Iraq, Mr. Stu­art Jones, and other US of­fi­cials also at­tended the meet­ing. Pres­i­dent Barzani and Gen­eral Austin re­viewed the lat­est mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions against the ISIS ter­ror­ists in Ni­nawa and An­bar provinces.

They stressed the im­por­tance of pro­vid­ing for the needs of the pesh­merga forces, es­pe­cially at a time that the KRG is fac­ing a sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial cri­sis. Gen­eral Austin stated that the United States will con­tinue to sup­port the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in the fight against ter­ror­ism.

Last week Pres­i­dent Barzani also met with the UK Am­bas­sador to Iraq, Mr. Frank Baker. The Pres­i­dent and the UK Am­bas­sador shared views on the eco­nomic cri­sis fac­ing the KRG, the mil­i­tary cam­paign against ISIS, and the political sit­u­a­tion in Iraq.

Am­bas­sador Baker of­fered his coun­try’s readi­ness to ad­vice the KRG in its ef­forts to tackle the eco­nomic cri­sis. The Pres­i­dent thanked the Am­bas­sador and wel­comed any as­sis­tance the UK could pro­vide. He added that he has called on the KRG to ur­gently un­der­take mea­sures to ad­dress the eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial crises in the Re­gion.

Speak­ing on the mil­i­tary cam­paign against ISIS, the Pres­i­dent said that the pesh­merga forces are ready and will sup­port the Iraqi Army in re­tak­ing the city of Mo­sul from ISIS ter­ror­ists.

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