Prime Minister Masrour Barzani met with a United States Congressional delegation led by Mark Takano on November 27.
Prime Minister Barzani thanked the US for its continued support, while emphasizing that the Kurdistan Region will remain a factor of stability and security in Iraq and the region.
Both discussed the latest developments in Iraq and the Region, while highlighting the importance of protecting their sovereignty, stability, and security. The meeting also touched upon Erbil-Baghdad ties, as well as unifying Peshmerga forces – as part of the government reform process – and the concerted efforts of uniting Kurdish parties.
The US Congressional delegation confirmed its support for the Kurdistan Region and praised the peaceful coexistence within the Region and its strong bilateral relationship with the US.
The Prime Minister also met with the Deputy Commanding General of the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria, Andrew Garner, in a separate meeting on the same day.
Prime Minister Barzani recounted the latest developments made towards unifying the Peshmerga forces, part of the Ninth Cabinet’s reform agenda.
Both discussed recent developments in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, combating the threat of the Islamic State (ISIS), and protecting the sovereignty and security of the region. They both agreed the need to strengthen security cooperation between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi security forces in the disputed territories.
Garner informed the Prime Minister of the activities and duties of coalition forces in Iraq and Syria, while reaffirming their support to the Kurdistan Region.
Meeting with US Congress Delegation
Meeting with Andrew Garner