Barzani: Agreement Needed on Post Liberation of Mosul
President Masoud Barzani received a United State government delegation headed by General Joseph Votel, the Commander of the United States Central Command. The meeting was attended by a number of United States military personnel as well as the United States ambassador to Iraq. Accompanying the President was a number of military officials from the Kurdistan Region as well the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council.
The meeting was started by discussing the current political turmoil in Baghdad and both sides agreed that there needs to be a speedy solution to the crisis as that crisis has a negative effect on the ongoing war against the terrorists of the Islamic State.
President Barzani repeated his appreciation on behalf of the people of the Kurdistan Region to the United States and other allies for their military support against the terrorists. On his part General Votel expressed his satisfaction and appreciation for the cooperation and professionalism of the Peshmerga forces.
President Barzani and General Votel also spoke of the Mosul operation against the terrorists of the Islamic State and how the presence of the terrorists in Mosul, one of Iraq's largest cities, delays all other progress in Iraq. President Barzani reiterated his position of planning for post liberation management of the affairs of Mosul and how that step is of equal importance to the military operation to liberate the city.
Barzani, US Vice President discuss political developments in Iraq
Earlier this last week, US Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Monday to discuss political developments in Iraq and preparations to liberate the city of Mosul from ISIS terrorists.
They agreed to continue their close consultations on the developing situation in Iraq, and stressed the need for coordination to confront the political challenges in the country.
They also discussed preparations for the liberation of Mosul, including cooperation among the peshmerga forces, the coalition forces, and the Iraqi forces.
French Defense Minister pledges to continue Arming Peshmerga
President Masoud Barzani received a French defense delegation headed by Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, the Minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs. Mr. Le Drian began the meeting by conveying to President Barzani the greeting of President Francois Hollande and added that the government of France will continue to support the Kurdistan Region and Iraq as they strive towards the annihilation of the terrorists of the Islamic State.
President Barzani reiterated his appreciation for France and other allies in the war against terrorism and added that the terrorists pose a direct threat to the entirety of the free world.
President Barzani and Mr. Le Drian spoke of the operation to librate the city of Mosul which has been in the hands of the terrorists since June of 2014. President Barzani repeat- ed his position of preparing for the "day after" the liberation of Mosul and how there needs to be a collective effort to prevent any acts of revenge as well as ensuring that there is representation for all the components of the Mosul province especially those who were victimized by the terrorists such as the Yezidi Kurds, the Christians and many other ethnic and religious groups in the Nineveh plain.