Bri­tish am­bas­sador meets Mas­rour Barzani to dis­cuss post-ISIS Iraq

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The Bri­tish am­bas­sador to Iraq met with Mas­rour Barzani on Tues­day, May 24, 2016, to dis­cuss fu­ture man­age­ment of ar­eas re­gained from the Is­lamic State ISIS and re­la­tions be­tween Baghdad and Er­bil.

Bri­tish Am­bas­sador to Iraq, Frank Baker, met with the Chan­cel­lor of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (KRSC), Mas­rour Barzani, in Er­bil to dis­cuss fu­ture ad­min­is­tra­tion of the re­gion among the var­i­ous eth­nic groups in those ar­eas, as well as re­la­tions be­tween the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment (KRG) and the fed­eral Iraqi govern­ment.

The KRSC an­nounced in a state­ment, “Dur­ing the meet­ing be­tween the Bri­tish am­bas­sador and Mas­rour Barzani, it was con­firmed the fu­ture of Iraq should be based on rec­on­cil­i­a­tion be­tween eth­nic groups. After erad­i­cat­ing ISIS, there must be peace­ful re­la­tions and a devel­op­ment in the qual­ity of life.”

Bri­tish Con­sul-Gen­eral An­gus McKee was also present at the meet­ing, which fo­cused on the se­cu­rity and pol­i­tics of Iraq and the need to con­tinue the war against ISIS in the re­gion.

Mas­rour Barzani spoke of the war against ISIS and said, “ISIS has lost a lot of ter­ri­tory but they are at­tack­ing in or­der to de­lay the op­er­a­tion to lib­er­ate Mo­sul,” ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

The state­ment added, fu­ture re­la­tions be­tween Baghdad and Er­bil and the his­tory of Bri­tain’s in­volve­ment in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion were dis­cussed as well.

“These coun­tries in the re­gion were not cre­ated nat­u­rally but ar­ti­fi­cially,” Barzani said at the end of the meet­ing. “Why should Kurds pay for the prob­lems in Baghdad? Kurds are not the rea­son for the prob­lems in Baghdad and Kurds will not pay the price for the men­tal­ity in Baghdad.”

The Bri­tish am­bas­sador said he ap­pre­ci­ated the role of Pesh­merga in the fight against ISIS and con­firmed his coun­try will con­tinue to take a part in the fight against ISIS. He added the union of Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal par­ties was of im­por­tance and should be main­tained.

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