KRG delegation meets President Erdogan and World Economic Forum Chairman

Upon an official invitation from Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and World Economic Forum Chairman Professor Klaus Schwab, Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani headed a KRG delegation to participate in the World Economic Forum’s event in Istanbul.

The delegation met with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the event.

Meeting with President Erdogan

In the meeting both sides discussed the latest political developments in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq, and the Middle East in general, with particular emphasis on the terrorist attacks on the provinces of Ninevah and Salahaddin and later on the Kurdistan Region. They also discussed ongoing fighting between the Peshmerga forces and the terrorists, noting the significant territory that has been reclaimed by the Peshmerga. The political process in Iraq and its new government, headed by Prime Minister Haider Abadi, was also a topic in the meeting.

President Erdogan assured the KRG delegation that Turkey would enhance its relations with the Kurdistan Region in a better way and reiterated Turkey’s commitment to the bilateral relationship and agreements made with the Kurdistan Region across all sectors. He noted the importance of helping and supporting the Kurdistan Region even more because of the recent attacks. The President stated that Turkey has thus far provided a great deal of humanitarian aid and promised that his country would continue providing such assistance. He added that his country is in close coordination with the coalition forces in confronting terrorism and that this coordination will also include the Kurdistan Region in order to combat any threats to the broader Middle East region.

Prime Minister Barzani thanked President Erdogan for his stance and for his country’s assistance, adding that the Kurdistan Region seeks further support and assistance from Turkey. He agreed on the importance of further expanding the economic and political relationship with Turkey. Regarding relations with Baghdad, the Prime Minister noted that the Kurdistan Region chose to participate in the new Iraqi government to give the government a chance to resolve outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad. This would lead to better ties among Turkey, Iraq, and the Kurdistan Region, he said.

On the sidelines of the World Economic Forum event the delegation met with a number of heads of state and senior officials from across the world and also attended a dinner hosted by President Erdogan in honour of the participants of the event.

Meeting with World Economic Forum Chairman Professor Schwab

In the morning the delegation held a meeting with World Economic Forum Chairman Professor Klaus Schwab. In the meeting they discussed the latest political and security developments, and Professor Schwab praised the progress that has been achieved in the Kurdistan Region. He also lauded the KRG for generously sheltering more than a million Iraqi IDPs and Syrian refugees. He explained that the Kurdistan Region has garnered praise and gratitude from the entire international community because of this humanitarian gesture.

Professor Schwab stated that he hopes the international community and donor countries will pay more attention to the Kurdistan Region, adding that he wishes to visit in the near future. Prime Minister Barzani extended him an official invitation, adding that the KRG would be pleased to host a World Economic Forum event one day.

Prime Minister Barzani was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, Minister of Natural Resources Dr Ashti Hawrami, Minister of Finance and Economy Rebaz Mohammad Hamalan, Minister of Planning Dr Ali Sindi, Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations Minister Falah Mustafa and KRG Spokesperson Minister Safeen Dizayee.

The KRG delegation participated in a number of different sessions and panels at the event and in meetings on the sidelines on a wide range of subjects.


Czech Republic renews policy of military support to Kurdistan Region

The Government of the Czech Republic has renewed its policy of military support to the Kurdistan Region and confirmed that it will provide Peshmerga forces with weapons and equip them with the latest and most modern military technology.

Minister Sinjari discusses security cooperation with Minister Chovanec

The Czech Republic made clear its position during a meeting with KRG Minister of Interior Karim Sinjari. Minister Sinjari met with Czech government officials upon the invitation of his Czech counterpart, Minister Milan Chovanec.

In the meeting, Minister Sinjari discussed the latest developments in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq, and the Middle East in general. He also discussed the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants, as well as the critical role of the international community in providing assistance to the Kurdistan Region and continuing in efforts to eradicate terrorism from the region.

Minister Chovanec expressed the commitment of the government and people of the Czech Republic to assist the government and people of Kurdistan in the war against ISIS terrorists and against terrorism in general. He also conveyed the Czech Ministry of Interior’s willingness to coordinate with the KRG Ministry of Interior in providing supplies and advanced security technology, as well as establishing training courses for the Region’s security personnel.

At a joint press conference, Minister Chovanec stated that the Czech Republic’s police force is prepared to hold training courses for KRG security personnel in detecting and defusing bombs and explosive devices. He also announced that he had requested Czech police force officials to accelerate plans for the provision of assistance to the KRG Ministry of Interior in combating terrorism.

Minister Sinjari expressed his confidence in the Czech Republic’s assistance, pointing to the importance of the provision of technologically advanced security systems, surveillance systems, and the establishment of training courses to bolster KRG security forces in various fields. He added that the KRG considers the Czech Republic a long-term partner.

In the context of the visit, Minister Sinjari held a number of meetings with various Czech security officials regarding coordination and cooperation between the two interior ministries.

Minister Sinjari conducts further meetings with senior Czech officials

Minister Sinjari also met with Deputy Minister of Defense Tomas Kuchta. Both officials discussed how best to strengthen cooperation between Kurdish and Czech armed forces. After the meeting, Minister Sinjari visited a factory and storage units where Czech forces store heavy weapons, including tanks and armored vehicles, to get a better sense of the military capabilities of the Czech Republic. The Minister underscored the need for military support from Czech armed forces for the KRG’s Interior and Peshmerga ministries in the battle against ISIS terrorists.

The Minister later visited the Czech Foreign Ministry. He briefed senior foreign ministry officials, led by Mr Lukasz Kautsky, on the latest political and security developments in Kurdistan. He also detailed the plight of the displaced people from other parts of Iraq and refugees from Syria, emphasising the need for the international community to provide humanitarian assistance to these families. Czech Foreign Ministry officials restated their government’s commitment to support the Kurdistan Region and help provide aid to the displaced people sheltered in Kurdistan.

Finally, Minister Sinjari visited the office of the President of the Czech Rebublic, where he met with the President’s Advisor for International Relations, Mr Hynek Kmonicek. They discussed the importance of bolstering bilateral relations, and both officials shared similar views on a number of strategic issues. Both highlighted the value of high-level visits between Erbil and Prague and supported the prospect of such delegations in the future.


A statement from the President of the Kurdistan Region on terrorist attacks on Kobane

“In the name of God, the compassionate, the merciful…

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham’s brutal attacks against our brothers and sisters in Kobane are part of a larger plan perpetrated by the terrorists against the people of Kurdistan. The barbaric and terrorist attacks of ISIS on Kobane and the Western part of Kurdistan threaten the whole entirety of the Kurdish nation and it has targeted the honor, dignity and existence of our people.

I ask all the political entities of Kurdistan to set aside their differences and together defend the dignity, land and the lives of the people of Kobane. Defending the land and people of Kurdistan is the duty of everyone and it must come before all else.

I’d like to request the international community to take every measure as soon as possible to save Kobane and the people of West Kurdistan from the hands of the terrorists. The ISIS terrorists perpetrate crimes and tragedies wherever they are, therefore they have to be hit and defeated wherever they are.”

Masoud Barzani
President of the Kurdistan Region
19 September 2014


China to open consulate general in Erbil

Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani today received Mr Tan Banglin, envoy from China’s Foreign Ministry appointed to be the first Chinese consul general in the Kurdistan Region.

Mr Banglin said that he was very pleased to visit the Kurdistan Region, stating that he has arrived in the Region during this difficult time to express China’s solidarity and support for Kurdistan and to determine how China can aid the Kurdistan Region in assisting refugees and the displaced.

He added that in the framework of China’s relations with the Kurdistan Region and Iraq, China’s Consulate General in Erbil will be inaugurated in the coming two months and that he will be appointed as his country’s first consul general in the Kurdistan Region. Through opening the consulate Mr Banglin said he will do his best to establish a bridge between China and the Kurdistan Region and will encourage Chinese companies and investors to participate in the reconstruction and economic development of the Region.

Prime Minister Barzani welcomed Mr Banglin to the Kurdistan Region and applauded China’s decision to open a consulate in Erbil and strengthen its ties with the Kurdistan Region. He said the decision is a vote of moral support for the Kurdistan Region at this challenging time, welcoming the step and conveying his full support for the decision to open the consulate.

In the meeting both sides discussed the mutual importance of strengthening bilateral ties in all sectors, especially trade and industry, as well as social and political relations. Both agreed on the need to support the KRG in fighting the terrorist militants.

Once the Chinese Consulate General in Erbil is inaugurated, all five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council will have diplomatic representation in the Kurdistan Region.


Kurds set time limit on power-sharing negotiations with Iraq

Wall Street Journal

by Jay Solomon

Kurdistan’s semiautonomous government is giving Iraq’s new leadership three months to negotiate a new power-sharing agreement with Erbil, or see it move forward with an independence bid, the region’s de facto foreign minister said in an interview.

Such a bid by the Kurdistan Regional Government would pose a major challenge to the Obama administration’s strategy to stabilize Iraq and push back the territorial gains made by the Islamic State terrorist organization in recent months.

The White House has pressed the Iraq’s Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish communities to unify behind the Islamist militants under new Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The U.S. has also made the Kurdish military forces, called the Peshmerga, a cornerstone of its military strategy against Islamic State.

“This is the last opportunity that is there” to forge a power-sharing deal, said Falah Mustafa Bakir, head of the KRG’s Department of Foreign Relations. “Baghdad has the opportunity to show it has the political will, and to show us we are all equal partners.”

The core issues Erbil and Baghdad need to find common ground on include the KRG’s demand to control its oil exports; the funding of the Peshmerga; the status of disputed territories like the Kirkuk region; and the allocation of resources from the central government.

Mr. Abadi, a Shiite politician, has pledged to mend ties with Iraq’s Sunni and Kurdish regions after succeeding Nouri al-Maliki, who was accused of pursuing sectarian policies benefiting Iraq’s Shiite majority.

Secretary of State John Kerry and other U.S. officials have pressed Mr. Abadi to quickly reach agreement with Erbil and Iraq’s Sunni leaders. But Mr. Bakir said it was too early to tell if the new Iraqi leader would significantly change the policies of his predecessor.

“We have some positive elements,” the Kurdish diplomat said. “These are not issues that are unsolvable.”

Mr. Bakir also pressed the international community to provide the KRG with more heavy weaponry, such as tanks, helicopters and Humvees.

“The needs for being on the offensive are different from being on the defensive,” he said, in between meetings in Washington with State Department, White house and congressional officials.


French President Hollande visits Erbil, meets President Barzani

Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani welcomed French President François Hollande in Erbil on Friday.

After his arrival in Erbil, President Hollande and President Barzani visited a refugee camp in a district in Erbil, and later held a meeting. President Hollande, the first foreign head of state to visit Erbil since the crisis began, was accompanied by Foreign Minister Laurent Fabios and Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Following their meeting with President Barzani and KRG officials, the two Presidents held a joint press conference.

President Hollande said France would continue to provide humanitarian and military aid to Kurdistan in its fight against ISIS terrorists. He said that as the Kurdistan Region is at the forefront of the fight against ISIS terrorists, a delegation from Kurdistan is invited to attend an international conference, due in Paris next week, designed to coordinate international efforts to confront the threat posed by ISIS terrorists.

The French President also highly praised the role of the Peshmerga forces in this fight and pledged increased military aid to the Peshmerga forces.

President Barzani described the visit to Kurdistan by President Hollande as historic and thanked the president and people of France for standing by the people of Kurdistan in their hour of need, saying that France was the first European Union country to come to the aid of Kurdistan in the fight against ISIS terrorists. He also added that thanks to the support of France and other countries, the Peshmrega forces are now taking the fight to ISIS and have the upper hand. President Barzani vowed that the Kurdistan Region would continue to fight until the ISIS terrorist group is uprooted and destroyed.


US President Obama’s speech on ISIS: “Degrade & Destroy”


My fellow Americans, tonight I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.

As Commander-in-Chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people.  Over the last several years, we have consistently taken the fight to terrorists who threaten our country.  We took out Osama bin Laden and much of al Qaeda’s leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  We’ve targeted al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, and recently eliminated the top commander of its affiliate in Somalia.  We’ve done so while bringing more than 140,000 American troops home from Iraq, and drawing down our forces in Afghanistan, where our combat mission will end later this year.  Thanks to our military and counterterrorism professionals, America is safer.

Still, we continue to face a terrorist threat.  We can’t erase every trace of evil from the world, and small groups of killers have the capacity to do great harm.  That was the case before 9/11, and that remains true today.  And that’s why we must remain vigilant as threats emerge.  At this moment, the greatest threats come from the Middle East and North Africa, where radical groups exploit grievances for their own gain.  And one of those groups is ISIL — which calls itself the “Islamic State.”

Now let’s make two things clear:  ISIL is not “Islamic.”  No religion condones the killing of innocents.  And the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim.  And ISIL is certainly not a state.  It was formerly al Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq, and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and Syria’s civil war to gain territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border.  It is recognized by no government, nor by the people it subjugates.  ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple.  And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.

In a region that has known so much bloodshed, these terrorists are unique in their brutality.  They execute captured prisoners.  They kill children.  They enslave, rape, and force women into marriage.  They threatened a religious minority with genocide.  And in acts of barbarism, they took the lives of two American journalists — Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff.

So ISIL poses a threat to the people of Iraq and Syria, and the broader Middle East — including American citizens, personnel and facilities.  If left unchecked, these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond that region, including to the United States.  While we have not yet detected specific plotting against our homeland, ISIL leaders have threatened America and our allies.  Our Intelligence Community believes that thousands of foreigners -– including Europeans and some Americans –- have joined them in Syria and Iraq.  Trained and battle-hardened, these fighters could try to return to their home countries and carry out deadly attacks.

I know many Americans are concerned about these threats.  Tonight, I want you to know that the United States of America is meeting them with strength and resolve.  Last month, I ordered our military to take targeted action against ISIL to stop its advances.  Since then, we’ve conducted more than 150 successful airstrikes in Iraq.  These strikes have protected American personnel and facilities, killed ISIL fighters, destroyed weapons, and given space for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to reclaim key territory.  These strikes have also helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children.

But this is not our fight alone.  American power can make a decisive difference, but we cannot do for Iraqis what they must do for themselves, nor can we take the place of Arab partners in securing their region.  And that’s why I’ve insisted that additional U.S. action depended upon Iraqis forming an inclusive government, which they have now done in recent days.  So tonight, with a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations with allies abroad and Congress at home, I can announce that America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.

Our objective is clear:  We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy.

First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists.  Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense.  Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are.  That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq.  This is a core principle of my presidency:  If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.

Second, we will increase our support to forces fighting these terrorists on the ground.  In June, I deployed several hundred American servicemembers to Iraq to assess how we can best support Iraqi security forces.  Now that those teams have completed their work –- and Iraq has formed a government –- we will send an additional 475 servicemembers to Iraq.  As I have said before, these American forces will not have a combat mission –- we will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq.  But they are needed to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training, intelligence and equipment.  We’ll also support Iraq’s efforts to stand up National Guard Units to help Sunni communities secure their own freedom from ISIL’s control.

Across the border, in Syria, we have ramped up our military assistance to the Syrian opposition.  Tonight, I call on Congress again to give us additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fighters.  In the fight against ISIL, we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its own people — a regime that will never regain the legitimacy it has lost.  Instead, we must strengthen the opposition as the best counterweight to extremists like ISIL, while pursuing the political solution necessary to solve Syria’s crisis once and for all.

Third, we will continue to draw on our substantial counterterrorism capabilities to prevent ISIL attacks.  Working with our partners, we will redouble our efforts to cut off its funding; improve our intelligence; strengthen our defenses; counter its warped ideology; and stem the flow of foreign fighters into and out of the Middle East.  And in two weeks, I will chair a meeting of the U.N. Security Council to further mobilize the international community around this effort.

Fourth, we will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians who have been displaced by this terrorist organization.  This includes Sunni and Shia Muslims who are at grave risk, as well as tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities.  We cannot allow these communities to be driven from their ancient homelands.

So this is our strategy.  And in each of these four parts of our strategy, America will be joined by a broad coalition of partners.  Already, allies are flying planes with us over Iraq; sending arms and assistance to Iraqi security forces and the Syrian opposition; sharing intelligence; and providing billions of dollars in humanitarian aid.  Secretary Kerry was in Iraq today meeting with the new government and supporting their efforts to promote unity.  And in the coming days he will travel across the Middle East and Europe to enlist more partners in this fight, especially Arab nations who can help mobilize Sunni communities in Iraq and Syria, to drive these terrorists from their lands.  This is American leadership at its best:  We stand with people who fight for their own freedom, and we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity.

My administration has also secured bipartisan support for this approach here at home.  I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL, but I believe we are strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together.  So I welcome congressional support for this effort in order to show the world that Americans are united in confronting this danger.

Now, it will take time to eradicate a cancer like ISIL.  And any time we take military action, there are risks involved –- especially to the servicemen and women who carry out these missions.  But I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil.  This counterterrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground.  This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.  And it is consistent with the approach I outlined earlier this year:  to use force against anyone who threatens America’s core interests, but to mobilize partners wherever possible to address broader challenges to international order.

My fellow Americans, we live in a time of great change. Tomorrow marks 13 years since our country was attacked.  Next week marks six years since our economy suffered its worst setback since the Great Depression.  Yet despite these shocks, through the pain we have felt and the grueling work required to bounce back, America is better positioned today to seize the future than any other nation on Earth.

Our technology companies and universities are unmatched.  Our manufacturing and auto industries are thriving.  Energy independence is closer than it’s been in decades.  For all the work that remains, our businesses are in the longest uninterrupted stretch of job creation in our history.  Despite all the divisions and discord within our democracy, I see the grit and determination and common goodness of the American people every single day –- and that makes me more confident than ever about our country’s future.

Abroad, American leadership is the one constant in an uncertain world.  It is America that has the capacity and the will to mobilize the world against terrorists.  It is America that has rallied the world against Russian aggression, and in support of the Ukrainian peoples’ right to determine their own destiny.  It is America –- our scientists, our doctors, our know-how –- that can help contain and cure the outbreak of Ebola.  It is America that helped remove and destroy Syria’s declared chemical weapons so that they can’t pose a threat to the Syrian people or the world again.  And it is America that is helping Muslim communities around the world not just in the fight against terrorism, but in the fight for opportunity, and tolerance, and a more hopeful future.

America, our endless blessings bestow an enduring burden.  But as Americans, we welcome our responsibility to lead.  From Europe to Asia, from the far reaches of Africa to war-torn capitals of the Middle East, we stand for freedom, for justice, for dignity.  These are values that have guided our nation since its founding.

Tonight, I ask for your support in carrying that leadership forward.  I do so as a Commander-in-Chief who could not be prouder of our men and women in uniform –- pilots who bravely fly in the face of danger above the Middle East, and servicemembers who support our partners on the ground.

When we helped prevent the massacre of civilians trapped on a distant mountain, here’s what one of them said:  “We owe our American friends our lives.  Our children will always remember that there was someone who felt our struggle and made a long journey to protect innocent people.”

That is the difference we make in the world.  And our own safety, our own security, depends upon our willingness to do what it takes to defend this nation and uphold the values that we stand for –- timeless ideals that will endure long after those who offer only hate and destruction have been vanquished from the Earth.

May God bless our troops, and may God bless the United States of America.

see link below for full video statement:



Prime Minister Barzani welcomes the formation of Iraq’s new government

Following the formation of the new Iraqi government, we congratulate the peoples of Iraq and Prime Minister Dr. Abadi and we wish him success.
We hope that the new Iraqi government will be a government for all, will bring all Iraqis together, and will improve the situation of the country in all aspects. We hope it will be a government capable of addressing outstanding issues, especially regarding the provision of security and safety and the elimination of terror, and will exert all efforts to bring forth prosperity and ensure the provision of services to the people of Iraq.
We hope that Iraq’s new government will learn from the mistakes of the previous cabinet and will take serious steps to resolve disputed issues between Erbil and Baghdad, so that such issues no longer weaken Iraq or contribute to the failure of its governments.
Once again, we wish Iraq’s new government success.
Nechirvan Barzani
Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government
September 9th, 2014

European Union expands scope of military and humanitarian engagement in Kurdistan

The political chief of the European Union’s delegation to Iraq, Mr Charles Stuart, met with the Head of the KRG Foreign Relations Department Minister Falah Mustafa to discuss the latest humanitarian, military, and political developments and to express the EU’s continued support for Kurdistan.

Mr Stuart said, “In the context of the current crisis in Iraq, the EU delegation in Baghdad has been tasked by Brussels to gather information and analysis on the military situation and the Kurdistan Regional Government’s need for military assistance to cope with the ISIS threat.”

He conveyed the determination of EU member states to continue support for the Kurdistan Region in terms of humanitarian assistance and the fight against ISIS terrorism. He added, “We salute the resilience of the Kurdistan Region in the face of the current security, humanitarian, and financial challenges facing the Kurdish people. The Kurdistan Region has sheltered hundreds of thousands of members of religious minorities and has been effectively fighting a terrorist organisation that poses an international threat.”

Because the Kurdistan Region faces many challenges simultaneously, “The EU has decided to expand its scope of military and humanitarian engagement in the Kurdistan Region,” Mr Stuart said.

Minister Mustafa welcomed the further engagement of the European Union, stating, “Members of the European Union have played a crucial role in galvanizing humanitarian and military assistance for the Kurdistan Region by communicating the KRG’s message to the international community with appropriate urgency. The government and the people of the Kurdistan Region are grateful for these actions.”

Minister Mustafa briefed the delegation on the latest developments and the formation of Iraq’s new government. He said, “Our participation in the new Iraqi government has once again demonstrated to our friends in the international community that the Kurdish leadership is willing to solve problems with Baghdad through negotiation and dialogue.”

Colonel Rupert Pulvertaft, Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the EU Military Staff, Ms Evija Kravcenko, Advisor to the Crisis Response Managing Director, and Karwan Jamal, Deputy Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations also attended the meeting.


Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani meets with Canadian Foreign Minister

The Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Qubad Talabani, has welcomed the visit to the Kurdistan Region of Canadian Foreign Minister, John Baird.

Foreign Minister Baird expressed his gratitude to the KRG for standing firm against terrorism and upholding democratic principles in the face of a threat to global peace and security. He also thanked Mr Talabani for the efforts that the KRG has made in containing the humanitarian catastrophe that followed the attacks of the terrorist group ISIS.

The Minister and the delegation that accompanied him expressed their condemnation of the brutality of the acts of ISIS and reiterated the support of the Canadian government for the KRG in their fight against terrorism and the support for their humanitarian assistance.

Deputy Prime Minister Talabani expressed his gratitude for the military and humanitarian support of Canada towards the KRG, stating that the Peshmerga & Iraqi forces were fighting terrorism alone. He went on to discuss the new Iraqi government, arguing that it should be inclusive and should adhere to the constitution.