Barzani, McGurk discuss independence, Mosul operation in meeting
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani received on Sunday a US delegation headed by Brett McGurk, the Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition against Islamic State (IS) in Erbil where the two sides discussed issues including the upcoming referendum of the region to declare independence and the liberating operation of the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) control.

According to a statement released by Kurdistan Region Presidency Barzani and McGurk discussed a number of pressing issues including the Mosul operation, the anti-IS efforts in Syria and the Kurdistan independence referendum.

The two officials exchanged views on the latest developments of Mosul operation and how total defeat of IS in the city is only a few days away. McGurk commended the Iraqi and the Peshmerga forces for their coordination with the coalition.

The US official also briefed Barzani on the Raqqa offensive and the progress that has been made there. He thanked Barzani for the assistance he has been providing to the Coalition as the passage between Iraq and Syria is concerned.

The pair also discussed the Kurdistan independence referendum which is scheduled to take place on September 25 of this year.

"It is essential, President Barzani stated, that this step is taken and that the Kurdistan Region plans to take this and other further steps through dialogue with all of the concerned parties, most particularly Baghdad," the statement reads.

Reporter’s code: 50101

News Code: 16434  |  Date: 2017/07/10  |  Time: 15 : 3

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