Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representative to the United States Bayan Sami Rahman tweeted on Monday, May 15, that Barzani along with Chief of Staff to the Kurdistan Region’s Presidency Fuad Hussein, held talks with Kushner, U.S. Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert, and National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster, NRT reported.
“@masrour_barzani and #DrFuadHussein just met #HRMcMaster, Jared Kushner and Tom Bossert to discuss events & challenges in Kurdistan & Iraq,” Rahman tweeted.
According to the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) website, Barzani acknowledged U.S. support for the Kurdistan Region in the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants saying the region will “remain as an important ally with the U.S.”
Kushner told the Kurdistan Region delegation that the Kurds have “good partners” in the White House, the KDP website reported citing Trump’s adviser.
Regarding a possible independence referendum, Barzani said the Kurdistan Region wants the process to be held peacefully and calmly.
“We have had a bitter past with the governments of Iraq, so we want to obtain a tranquil future for our people,” Barzani added according to the KDP website.
Kushner, along with the Chairman of the U.S. Military Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., previously visited the Kurdistan Region on April 4 to meet with Massoud Barzani and other officials.
The leaders discussed the political situation at the time as well as the offensive to liberate Mosul from IS and the post-IS stage in Iraq.
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