Kurdistan Regional President Massoud Barzani on September 15, 2015 met with US Ambassador to Iraq Stuart E. Jones, US Presidential Deputy Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS Brett McGurk, and senior US military generals to discuss the status of the fight against ISIS and the latest security and political developments in Iraq and Kurdistan.
The main focus of the meeting was about the ongoing efforts to defeat ISIS in both Iraq and in Syria and preparation for the liberation of Mosul, including cooperation and coordination among the Peshmarga, the Iraqi, and the coalition forces.
They also gave consideration to the political developments in the country and relations between Erbil and Baghdad.
The Kurdish team welcoming the US delegation included Kurdistan Regional Government Premier Nechirvan Barzani, Minister of Natural Resources Ashti Hawrami, and Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani.
They has a productive discussion on a range of issues including the security and economic challenges facing Iraq, the situation of Iraqi internally displaced persons and refugees, and the important role of the Kurdish Peshmerga in the fight against ISIS.
Ambassador Jones echoed the United States’ “strong support for the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government”.
Ambassador Jones welcomed and thanked President Barzani for the establishment of the new Joint Coalition Coordination Center in Erbil, which brings together elements of the Iraqi Security Forces and the Peshmerga to begin planning and coordination for the campaign to expel ISIS from Mosul.
The Ambassador also ‘highly praised’ President Barzani’s continued leadership in the fight to defeat and expel ISIS.
Ambassador Jones also pledged technical assistance to the Kurdistan Regional Government’s economic ministries.
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