President Masoud Barzani received a United States defense delegation headed by the Secretary of Defense, Mr. Ashton Carter. The U.S. delegation included Mr. Brett McGurk, the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. On President Barzani’s side, the meeting was attended by a number of high KR officials including Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and Masrour Barzani, the Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council.
During the meeting the two sides spoke of the latest developments on the Mosul operation and the importance of continueing the coordination between in accordance to the agreement between the United States government, the federal government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Region.
Secretary Carter praised the role of the Peshmerga forces in the war against the terrorists of the Islamic State and the stated that the extraordinary leadership of President Masoud Barzani has played a crucial role in weakening the terrorists.
President Barzani expressed his appreciation on behalf of the people of the Kurdistan Region to the people and government of the United States for leading the coalition against the terrorists of the Islamic State.