British ambassador meets Masrour Barzani to discuss post-ISIS Iraq
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.