Barzani Calls for Speedy Res­o­lu­tion to Po­lit­i­cal Cri­sis

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

On Thurs­day, Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani dis­cussed Er­bil's po­lit­i­cal cri­sis with Bagh­dad as well as the up­com­ing Mo­sul of­fen­sive with Frank Baker, the United King­dom's am­bas­sador to Iraq.

"Dur­ing the meet­ing Pres­i­dent Barzani and Am­bas­sador Baker spoke of the po­lit­i­cal cri­sis in Bagh­dad and its ef­fects on the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. They both agreed that there ought to be a speedy res­o­lu­tion to the cri­sis," read a state­ment by Barzani's of­fice.

In the meet­ing, the state­ment con­tin­ued, "Am­bas­sador Baker also spoke of the op­er­a­tion to lib­er­ate Mo­sul and Pres­i­dent Barzani re­it­er­ated his po­si­tion that a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion to post-Is­lamic State Mo­sul is as, if not more, im­por­tant as the mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion it­self."

"The di­ver­sity of Mo­sul must be given care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion prior to the mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion and that the day af­ter must be planned for the pur­suit of the pros­per­ity of the peo­ple of Mo­sul who have been ter­ror­ized by the Is­lamic State since June of 2014," Barzani said.

In Novem­ber 2015 Brit- ish For­eign Min­is­ter Philip Ham­mond re­vealed that his country had sent large ship­ments of weapons to Kur­dish Pesh­merga forces and would send more in the fu­ture.

Barzani Re­ceives a United States Del­e­ga­tion

Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani re­ceived a United States del­e­ga­tion headed by Mr. Brett McGurk, the Spe­cial Pres­i­den­tial En­voy for the Global Coali­tion to Counter the Is­lamic State of Iraq and the Le­vant. Pres­i­dent Barzani and Mr. McGurk spoke of the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in Iraq and how there ought to be im­me­di­ate ac­tions taken in or­der to pre­vent a vac­uum.

The two sides also spoke of the up­com­ing Mo­sul op­er­a­tion and the need for a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion to the cri­sis in Mo­sul aside from the pres­ence of the ter­ror­ists. The po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion to the is­sues fac­ing the nu­mer­ous com­po­nents of Mo­sul is equally im­por­tant to the mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion to lib­er­ate the city, stated the Pres­i­dent.

Barzani Meets Ital­ian Govern­ment Del­e­ga­tion

Barzani met with the Deputy Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion of Italy, Vin­cenzo Amen­dola and an ac­com­pa­ny­ing govern­ment del­e­ga­tion on April 6, to dis­cuss mu­tual ties, Italy’s sup­port to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pesh­merga forces in the fight against ISIS, and plans by Italy to main­tain and re­pair the Mo­sul Dam.

Mr. Amen­dola praised the lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent Barzani and reaf­firmed Italy’s com­mit­ment to con­tinue to sup­port the pesh­merga forces in the fight against the com­mon en­emy of ISIS. He also ex­pressed his country’s readi­ness to ex­pand ties with the KRG in in­vest­ment.

Pres­i­dent Barzani thanked the peo­ple and govern­ment of Italy for their prompt ac­tion, as part of the in­ter­na­tional coali­tion, to pro­tect the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in the dif­fi­cult days fol­low­ing the on­slaught of ISIS in Au­gust 2014, and their sup­port since then.

They also dis­cussed plans by an Ital­ian com­pany to re­pair and main­tain the Mo­sul Dam. The Pres­i­dent said that the KRG would pro­vide all the nec­es­sary as­sis­tance needed to safe­guard the Dam.

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