Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Region Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, received Jean-Jacques Bridey, member of the French Parliamentary Defence Commission and his accompanying delegation.
Mr. Bridey commended the Kurdistan Region Peshmerga forces for its fight against the Islamic State terrorist group, ISIS, and their protection of religious and ethnic communities.
Discussing his visit to Peshmerga military training centres, he expressed his satisfaction regarding the level of cooperation between the Peshmerga forces and French military experts.
Regarding the plight of the internally displaced people, Mr Bridey expressed his hope that the situation will be settled in a way that would reassure the IDPs to return to their place of origin. He noted that international organisations should help the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Federal Government of Iraq in this process.
Prime Minister Barzani expressed his gratitude to France for its continuous support to the Kurdistan Region, recalling that French President, François Hollande’s visit to the Kurdistan Region after ISIS attacks on the Region, was a strong morale message to the Kurdistan people and the Peshmerga.
He also thanked the French government for its military assistance, expressing his hope that France will take a step further in its military and humanitarian assistance as Mosul liberation operation is ongoing.
Regarding the relations between Baghdad and Erbil, he said that the Kurdistan Regional Government has always been ready to settle all the outstanding issues with Baghdad through mutual understanding. He noted that in regard to the fight against ISIS, there is a constructive cooperation and coordination between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad which have been crucial in the victories achieved in the battle of Mosul.
The two sides also discussed regional political situation, including Prime Minister Barzani’s recent visit to Turkey and talks he held with the Turkish President, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.