US Com­mit­ted to Con­tinue its Sup­port for Kur­dis­tan Re­gion

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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.

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