Barzani in Mu­nich to Par­tic­i­pate in Se­cu­rity Con­fer­ence

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani headed to Ger­many last Thurs­day to take part at the Mu­nich Se­cu­rity Con­fer­ence and meet with a num­ber of US and EU of­fi­cials.

Barzani dis­cussed the war against Is­lamic State group and in­ter­na­tional sup­port for the Pesh­merga forces that have been fight­ing ISIS with the world’s top of­fi­cial at the side­line of Mu­nich Se­cu­rity Con­fer­ence on Fri­day.

“Pres­i­dent Barzani was very clearly send­ing us a mes­sage that be­cause of some eco­nomic dif­fi­cul­ties com­ing from the oil price the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity should in­crease its sup­port for the re­gional govern­ment of Kur­dis­tan and Pesh­merga,” Ital­ian For­eign Min­is­ter, Paolo Gen­tiloni told Ru­daw.

Ru­daw's correspondent in Mu­nich said Barzani met with a num­ber of top of­fi­cials; in­clud­ing Jor­dan’s King Ab­dul­lah, France's De­fence Min­is­ter Lau­rent Fabius, the For­eign Min­is­ter of Italy Paolo Gen­tiloni, and Le­banon’s Prime Min­is­ter Tam­mam salam.

“What Pesh­merga are do­ing and the suc­cess they have had, in Sin­jar and in other ar­eas, is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated in Italy,” said Gen­tiloni af­ter talk­ing with Barzani.

Gen­tiloni also re­it­er­ated Italy's con­tin­ued sup­port for Kur­dish Pesh­merga forces and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment.

Tam­mam said the meet­ing was “con­struc­tive” and “pos­i­tive.”

“With­out any doubt all those who are bat­tling Dash need sup­port. Pesh­merga have been able to move for­ward and win over the bru­tal en­emy, yes they need to be sup­ported by all means,” he said.

The Kur­dish leader has re­port­edly been dis­cussing the planned op­er­a­tion to lib­er­ate Mo­sul from Is­lamic State (ISIS) group with Iraq's Prime Min­is­ter Haider al-Abadi. That op­er­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to the lo­cal of­fi­cials, is set to be­gin in the near fu­ture.

The two sides em­pha­sized the ne­ces­sity of mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Pesh­merga forces and the Iraqi Army when it comes to lib­er­at­ing Iraq’s se­cond largest city, Mo­sul, from ISIS.

Speak­ing at a joint press con­fer­ence with Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel in Ber­lin on Thurs­day, Abadi urged Kur­dish lead­ers not to go ahead with their planned in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum, ar­gu­ing that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion is part of Iraq and should re­main united.

“Kur­dis­tan is part of Iraq and I hope it re­mains that way,” Abadi said. “Dis­in­te­gra­tion is in no one's in­ter­est.”

In his speech at Mu­nich con­fer­ence on Fri­day, Abadi said that, with the ex­cep­tion of coali­tion forces car­ry­ing out airstrikes against ISIS, no coun­try has the right to fight the rad­i­cal group on the ground in Iraq, or vi­o­late Iraq’s sovereignty.

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