Nechirvan Barzani, McGurk discuss political issues, IS fight
The United States’ Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk arrived on Sunday evening in Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan Region, where he met Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. The two sides discussed Erbil-Washington relations, Kurdish Peshmerga forces, and resolving pending political issues, as well as fighting against the Islamic State (IS), Rudaw reported.

According to a statement from the KRG, the US official appreciated the KRG and the Peshmerga for their victories achieved over the terror and coordination between the Peshmerga and Iraqi army in eradicating terror in Mosul and its surroundings.

Karim Sinjari, the Interior Minister and acting Peshmerga Minister, and Falah Mustafa, head of the KRG’s Department of Foreign Relations attended the meeting.

The US official and his accompanying delegation showed their support for any steps forward and they stressed dialogue between the region’s components to overcome the problems, according to the statement.

"There is serious dialogue underway between the Kurdistan Region's political parties to resolve internal problems," read the KRG statement.

The international community has urged officials from the Kurdistan Region and Iraq to resolve outstanding issues like areas claimed by both Erbil and Baghdad through a national dialogue.

For his part, Barzani thanked the visit and appreciated support from the US in resolving pending issues between Erbil and Baghdad.

A high-level Kurdish delegation is headed to Washington to meet with principle members of the US National Security Council this week.

Reporter’s code: 50101

News Code: 15928  |  Date: 2017/05/15  |  Time: 11 : 25

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