U. S. Am­bas­sador Jones Speaks at MERI Fo­rum

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

The U.S. Am­bas­sador to Iraq, Stu­art E. Jones, par­tic­i­pated in the 2015 Mid­dle East Re­search In­sti­tute (MERI) Fo­rum. Am­bas­sador Jones made re­marks as part of a mod­er­ated panel dis­cus­sion en­ti­tled “Win­ning the War Against ISIS: Vi­sions and Strate­gies,” dur­ing which he out­lined how re­cent Iraqi Se­cu­rity Forces, Pop­u­lar Mo­bi­liza­tion Forces, and Pesh­merga battlefield suc­cesses, achieved with sup­port from the U.S.-led Coali­tion, demon­strate that Da’esh is los­ing. Also speak­ing on the panel were Qubad Tal­a­bani, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment; David Pol­lock, of the Wash­ing­ton In­sti­tute; and Sher­wan Al-Waili, Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor to the Pres­i­dent of Iraq.

The U.S. Em­bassy in Iraq told the Kur­dish Globe that Am­bas­sador Jones, while in Er­bil, also met with for­mer KRG Prime Min­is­ter Barham Salih to dis­cuss on­go­ing mil­i­tary co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the KRG, the Gov­ern­ment of Iraq, the United States, and the anti-Da’esh Coali­tion, as well as U.S. ef­forts to sup­port hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance to in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons and refugees liv­ing in the Iraqi Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

The sec­ond an­nual MERI Fo­rum fo­cused on the theme “Shar­ing Vi­sions of the Fu­ture of the Mid­dle East,” and brought to­gether se­nior na­tional and in­ter­na­tional pol­i­cy­mak­ers, aca­demics and Iraqi gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing from the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment, for con­ver­sa­tion and de­bate on the chal­lenges fac­ing Iraq and broader Mid­dle East re­gion.

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