Barzani, Gen Austin Discuss Current Crises
President of Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani received a United States military and diplomatic delegation headed by General Lloyd Austin, the Commander of the United States Armed Forces. The meeting was attended by a number of United States and Kurdistan Region officials including the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Mr. Stuart Jones and the Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council, Mr. Masrour Barzani.
General Austin discussed the operations against the terrorists of the Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria and added that the enemy has witnessed a decisive defeat after the operations in Sinjar and Ramadi. General Austin also stated that during his recent visits to the Gulf States of Kuwait and Bahrain he had made reference to the bravery of the Peshmerga forces and the urgent need to continue to support the Kurdistan Region.
President Barzani stated that on behalf of the Peshmerga forces, he is appreciative of the support that has been given to the Kurdistan Region by the US-led coalition against the terrorists. The two sides spoke of the current economic crisis facing Iraq in general and the Kurdistan Region in particular and the need for an urgent solution to the crisis.