Masrour Barzani met with several leading United States Congress members in Washington DC to discuss strategic bilateral ties between Kurdistan Region and US and increasing US financial and military aid to the Peshmerga forces.
The Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region’s Security Council Masrour Barzani is on an official visit to US to meet top US policy-makers from both Congress and the new US administration. His accompanying delegation comprising of Chief of Staff of Kurdistan Region Presidency Fuad Hussein and Kurdistan Regional Government’s Higher Representative to US Bayan Sami Abdulrahman.
Among those the delegation met were Newt Gringich, Rand Paul, Bob Corker, Bob Menendez, David Perdue, Devin Nunes, Dianne Feinstein, Ed Royce, Jaded Polis, Kay Granger, Devin Nunes, Nita Lowey, and Adam Kinzinger.
The meetings’ topics focused also on post-ISIS security, political challenges in Iraq and the Middle East, the military campaign in Mosul, and the future of relations between Erbil and Baghdad.
“The root causes that led to the rise of ISIS must be addressed through practical measures otherwise similar groups will reemerge,” emphasized Masrour Barzani in his meetings.
Met w/ friends in Congress to discuss long-term, strategic ties with the U.S. & encourage more financial and military aid to our Peshmerga. pic.twitter.com/ipn82ZtsHj
— Masrour Barzani (@masrour_barzani) December 7, 2016
“I was pleased to hear strong US support from the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations for Kurdistan. We will remain a partner in the fight against international terrorism,” he tweeted on his Twitter account.