Barzani and McGurk discuss post-ISIS Mosul and other regional issues

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, Brett McGurk, and his accompanying delegation, which included Americcan Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman and Consul-General Ken Gross.

The latest developments in the war against the so-called Islamic State terrorist organization and liberation of Mosul topped the agenda of the meeting that took place in Erbil on Sunday.

Mr. McGurk commended the cooperation between Kurdistan military forces, the Peshmerga, and their Iraqi counterparts in the fight to free the City of Mosul from ISIS.  He reiterated his administration’s support to the Kurdistan Region and Iraq in the war to eradicate terrorism.

For his part, Prime Minister Barzani stressed the need of having a comprehensive plan for post-ISIS Mosul administration that guarantees the rights of all the components of Nineveh Plains and rebuilds trust among different communities, especially Yazidis and Christians. He also said that those who supported and aided ISIS terrorists in committing crimes against different communities in Mosul must face justice in order to prevent similar atrocities in the future.

KRG’s Minister of Interior Karim Sinjari, Government Spokesperson Safeen Dizayee and the Head of Department of Foreign Relations Falah Mustafa participated in the meeting.

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