US Committed to Continue its Support for Kurdistan Region
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, met on Friday to discuss the anti-Islamic State (ISIS) efforts as well as the Mosul operation.
Dunford, accompanied by the US Ambassador to Iraq Steward Jones, the Consul General in Erbil Matthias Mitman and several other US military officials, arrived in Erbil on April 22.
Commending the affective role of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the fight against ISIS, Dunford reiterated that the participation of Peshmerga in the operation of liberating Mosul is vital for the success of the mission.
He stressed out that his country is committed to continue its support for the Kurdistan Region.
Barzani, in return, thanked President Obama and the US government for their decision to provide financial assistance to the Peshmerga forces, noting that the Peshmerga forces are well-prepared to take an active role in the Mosul operation.
The US and Kurdish officials both agreed that a prior multilateral understanding between representative and different components of Mosul is needed for the post-ISIS phase in hopes of preventing the repetition of such tragedies and protecting religious and ethnic minorities in the area.
Meanwhile, the US Ambassador to Iraq thanked the Kurdish Members of the Iraqi Parliament for the positive role they played during the recent political crisis in Baghdad.
President Barzani Meets Swiss Deputy Foreign Minister
On April 21, Barzani met with the State Secretary of Switzerland’s Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The two discussed the progress of the fight against ISIS terrorists, in particular preparations to liberate the city of Mosul, the Swiss support to the IDPs and refugees in Kurdistan, and political developments in region.
President Barzani under- scored the need for clear strategy for the post-liberation running of the city of Mosul that involves all the main communities of the city, adding that the KRG is closely cooperating with the international coalition for military preparations to liberate the city.
Barzani Urges KRG to Receive and Treat Wounded People from Rojava
As the Syrian government has started shelling the Kurdish city of Qamishlo in the northeast of Syria, Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has ordered hospitals in the region to receive wounded Kurdish fighters and civilians from Syrian Kurdistan.
According to a statement by Kurdistan Region Presidency last Friday, every hospital and health centre in the Kurdistan Region must stay alert to receive and treat those injured in Qamishlo conflicts.
Barzani has also urged the local authorities and security forces to facilitate the transportation of wounded people and provide them with needed assistance.
The first Kurdish civilian has arrived in Zakho to receive medical treatment in the border town.
She is reportedly a female who was injured in the clashes with the Syrian regime in Qamishlo.
Since Thursday, deadly clashes have erupted between Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Syrian regime forces, with at least 10 civilians who lost their lives on Thursday alone.