The stages of emergence, development and strength of ISIS terrorists, their attack on the Kurdistan Region in general and Shingal in particular and the genocide against the Kurdish Yezidis, as well as the Iraqi political process were all discussed in a meeting between the Adviser of the Kurdistan Region’s Security Council Masrour Barzani and the former prime minister of France (2007-2012) François Fillon on Tuesday afternoon in Salahaddin Pirmam.
The former premier of France expressed his concern and sadness for the recent events in Iraq and Kurdistan.
On his part, Masrour Barzani warmly welcomed Mr. Fillon and his accompanying delegation and thanked the French President and government for supporting Kurdistan Region in the war against ISIS.
“ISIS is a threat to the international order and global security, as it does not recognize any limit,” he said, adding: “As the Kurdistan Region is fighting on behalf of the international community, it is very necessary to arm the Peshmarga with effective weapons in order to stop their advancement and crush them.”
He mentioned those obstacles that the Iraqi government led by outgoing PM Nouri al-Maliki constructs for the arrival of those military assistance countries are sending to the Kurdistan Region.
Masrour Barzani also briefed Mr. Fillion on the impact of the large number of displaced people in the Kurdistan Region and the possible ways of returning back to their homes.
The meeting concluded with discussing the current political process in Iraq, particularly with regard to the government formation and the absence of trust between its communities. Masrour Barzani emphasized on the Kurdish leadership’s demand to solve the problems based on confederalism and urged the international community to avoid repeating past mistakes.