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Prime Minister Barzani meets with the new U.S. Ambassador to Iraq

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) - Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with Silliman Dogulas, the new United States ambassador to Iraq.

The war against the so-called Islamic State terrorist organization, Mosul liberation, and bilateral ties topped the agenda of the meeting on Monday.

Prime Minister Barzani expressed his appreciation to the American people, administration and Congress for their continuous support to the Kurdistan Region in the fight against terror.  Mr. Barzani also stressed the need for more planning and coordination among involved parties, including Erbil, Iraqi federal government and the coalition forces, for post-ISIS Mosul.

The Kurdistan Region Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, Interior Minister Karim Sinjari, Government Spokesperson Safeen Dizayee and the Head of Department of Foreign Relations Falah Mustafa participated in the meeting.

Ambassador Silliman, in his first official visit to Erbil as the top U.S. envoy to Iraq, affirmed that the international coalition continues its support to the Kurdistan Region and Iraq in the fight against ISIS.

The U.S. Consul General in Erbil Ken Gross and other American diplomats took part the meeting.

Mr. Silliman has served as U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Iraq and Turkey.

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