Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani yesterday received Mr. Brent McGurk, the new United States Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and his accompanying military and diplomatic delegation.
The battlefront situation and effectiveness of Peshmerga forces were discussed. Praising last week’s successful joint operation by Peshmerga and US forces in ISIS-controlled Hawija that liberated 69 prisoners, Mr. McGurk affirmed the United States continuing military support. He noted the operation showed Peshmerga forces protecting all Iraqi citizens without discrimination.
Mr. McGurk expressed his hope that political issues, both within the Region and with Baghdad, will be resolved through dialogue and negotiation.
Prime Minster Barzani congratulated Mr. McGurk on his new position and expressed his appreciation for his visit, and for the United States’ assistance to Peshmerga forces. He offered his and the people of Kurdistan Region’s condolences for the American soldier who died in the Hawija operation.
Regarding internal political difficulties and those with Baghdad, Prime Minister Barzani offered assurance the Kurdistan Regional Government will do everything to resolve issues through dialogue and negotiation.
Recent developments in Iraq in general and the Kurdistan Region in particular were also discussed along with ways to further strengthen bilateral relations between the United States and the Kurdistan Region.