ERBIL – The Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and Leader of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) Salih Muslim as well as United State official held a meeting in Erbil Tuesday to discuss the latest military efforts against the Islamic State militants.
According to sources close to the matter told BasNews that on Tuesday afternoon President Barzani and Muslim met in Erbil then US department of State officials meet with both leaders.
The BasNews source said the meeting was about future plans in fighting against IS militants in Kurdistan Region and Syrian Kurdistan.
The US Deputy Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter IS Brett McGurk revealed the news of the meeting on his twitter account.
“Important meetings today in Erbil w/President Masud Barzani & PYD’s on combined efforts against ISIL,” wrote McGurk on his twitter.
Peshmerga forces and PYD’s armed wing the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) have been effectively fighting IS across northern Iraq and Kurdish areas of Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava).
The US Ambassador to Iraq Stuart E. Jones Led US Delegation to Erbil for Meetings with KRG President Barzani and Other Officials
The US Department of State and Department of Defense delegation meet with Kurdistan Regional Government officials, including separate meetings with President Massoud Barzani, Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, Minister of Natural Resources Ashti Hawrami, and Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani.
The US delegation included Deputy Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS Brett McGurk, Special Envoy for Syria Michael Ratney, Consul General Matthias Mitman, Lieutenant General James Terry, and Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland.
According to US Embassy statement, President Barzani and Ambassador Jones had a productive discussion on 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 IS militants.
Ambassador Jones reiterated 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 IS militants from Mosul. The Ambassador also praised President Barzani’s continued leadership in the fight to defeat and expel ISIS militants.
Ambassador Jones also pledged technical assistance to the Kurdistan Regional Government’s economic ministries.