Barzani Meets Hun­gar­ian De­fense Min­is­ters

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani re­cently met with Hun­gar­ian De­fense Min­is­ter István Sim­ic­skó to dis­cuss the ex­pan­sion of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and fur­ther Hun­gar­ian sup­port for Pesh­merga.

Sim­ic­skó said that his coun­try is well aware of the fi­nan­cial cri­sis faced by Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and it will con­tinue sup­port­ing Kurds to over­come the hard­ship; he also praised the Pesh­merga forces by say­ing they are fight­ing for free­dom.

Ac­cord­ing to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dency web­site, Sim­ic­skó has promised on be­half of his coun­try to pro­vide med­i­cal treat­ment for the wounded Pesh­merga forces who are fight­ing against the Is­lamic State (IS).

The Hun­gar­ian of­fi­cial also said that the re­cent vic­to­ries over the IS ji­hadists would not have been pos­si­ble without Pesh­merga forces.

Barzani re­it­er­ated that de­feat­ing IS en­tirely will re­quire an in­ter­na­tional ef­fort that will tar­get IS' ide­ol­ogy as well as their mil­i­tary and fi­nan­cial sources.

Barzani, once again, crit­i­cized the Iraqi cen­tral govern­ment for fail­ing to pro­vide as­sis­tance to the KRG in the fight against IS while not pro­vid­ing as- sis­tance for refugees and IDP’s.

The day be­fore meet­ing with the Hun­gar­ian de­fense min­is­ter, Barzani re­ceived an Ital­ian mil­i­tary del­e­ga­tion headed by Ms. Roberta Pinotti, Italy’s Min­is­ter of De­fense. Dur­ing the meet­ing, Pres­i­dent Barzani re­it­er­ated his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the al­lies’ sup­port for the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and Iraq as part of the col­lec­tive ef­fort to rid the re­gion of the Is­lamic State.

Pres­i­dent Barzani made note that the Pesh­merga forces have lib­er­ated the ma­jor­ity of the ar­eas pre­vi­ously con­trolled by the ter­ror­ists and that they will con­tinue to fight un­til there are no ter­ror­ists in Kur­dish ar­eas.

The meet­ing was at­tended by a num­ber of mil­i­tary of­fi­cials from Italy as well as se­cu­rity of­fi­cials from the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in­clud­ing the Chan­cel­lor of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, Mr. Mas­rour Barzani.

Min­is­ter Pinotti ac­knowl­edged and ap­pre­ci­ated the role of the Pesh­merga forces and pledged that sup­port from the Euro­pean Union in gen­eral and Italy in par­tic­u­lar will con­tinue for the Pesh­merga.

Ms. Pinotti and Presi- dent Barzani also spoke of the up­com­ing op­er­a­tions against the ter­ror­ists, most no­tably the Mo­sul op­er­a­tion and it’s strate­gic im­por­tance. Pres­i­dent Barzani re­peated his po­si­tion that there needs to be col­lec­tive ef­forts at plan­ning the post-lib­er­a­tion man­age­ment of the city, which is of equal im­por­tance to the mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion.

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