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Kurds to Participate in Counter-ISIS Coalition Meeting After Pressures

A 2014 meeting of Global Coalition to Counter ISIS in Washington DC.
A 2014 meeting of Global Coalition to Counter ISIS in Washington DC.

A representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will participate in the defense ministers meeting of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS on July 22nd in Washington DC.

The meeting was planned to be held without any Kurdish representative among the sixty-six countries represented in the Coalition while the Peshmerga forces are a key force on the ground against the terrorist state.

“It’s a travesty for US-led Global Coalition to exclude Kurds from the meeting in Washington DC given our leading role in war on ISIS,” Masrour Barzani, the Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region’s Security Council (KRSC), tweeted on Wednesday.

Two days earlier, the head of the KRG’s Foreign Relations Department Falah Mustafa, had denounced the exclusion of Kurds in the meeting. He tweeted: “No logic in excluding KRG from Global Coalition meetings in US while it is in the frontline against ISIS and hosts 1.8 million IDPs add refugees.”

The US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told the Kurdish channel NRT that he has spoken on Wednesday with President Masoud Barzani on the meeting about the participation of a Kurdish representative in the meeting.

On late Wednesday Falah Mustafa posted on his Twitter that “KRG has been given assurances by US officials that our Representative to Washington DC will attend the conference,” referring to Bayan Sami Abdulrahman. The KRG representative will be as part of the Iraqi delegation to the meeting which is led by Foreign Affairs Minister Ibrahim Ja’faari.

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