Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received the US Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and his accompanying delegation.
Senator Cornyn highlighted the role of Kurdistan Region Peshmerga forces in the fight against terrorism and thanked, on behalf of the American people, the Kurdistan Regional Government for having accommodated and offered assistance to a large number of displaced persons and refugees who fled ISIS violence.
He also discussed the anticipated operation of liberation of the city of Mosul from ISIS. In this regard, he stressed the need for a solid coordination between Erbil, Baghdad and the coalition forces and easing the concerns of the Sunni parties and the people of Mosul that everyone’s rights would be secured.
He called for further support from the international community to the Kurdistan Region, which is expected to receive a further large number of displaced persons during the expected operation of liberation of Mosul.
Prime Minister Barzani thanked Senator John Cornyn for his visit and pointed out that the Kurdistan Region has always been sheltering victims of oppression. However, he said, the Region’s resources are limited and the international community, particularly the United States, needs to increase its support to the Region.
He expressed his appreciation and gratitude to coalition countries, especially the United States, for their military support to the Kurdistan Region since the start of ISIS attacks in 2014.
On the relations between Erbil and Baghdad, Prime Minister Barzani pointed out that the Kurdistan Region is ready to settle all the issues with Baghdad through dialogue. He said that, militarily, it is expected to hold several meetings soon between the two sides with the aim to increasing cooperation.
He added that there must be a clear vision on Mosul’s future political, security, humanitarian, social and reconstruction conditions.
Prime Minister Barzani noted that the Peshmerga forces have recently marked significant victories on the outskirts of the city of Mosul and opened several fronts for the liberation of the city and the rest of the areas that are still under the control of ISIS.
The two sides also exchanged views on regional political developments.