Barzani Meets Hungarian Defense Ministers
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.