President Masoud Barzani received a United States military and diplomatic delegation headed by General Joseph Votel, the Commander of the United States Central Command. During the meeting President Barzani warmly welcomed the delegation which included a number of State and Defense officials including ambassador Stuart Jones.
The President and General Votel spoke of the details of the planning for the Mosul operation and how that operation is a key to the collapse of the terrorists of the Islamic State. Additionally President Barzani repeated his stance on the planning for post liberation management of Mosul. General Votel agreed with the President and stated that that planning also needs to be carefully drawn.
General Votel spoke of the importance of the role of the Peshmerga forces for the liberation of Mosul just as that role has been essential in other counter terrorism operations against the Islamic State.