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President Barzani Meets World Leaders in Munich

Masoud Barzani and US Defense Secretary Mattis KurdistanPresident Masoud Barzani attended the Muncih Security Conference to, among other crucial tasks, discuss the latest developments of the war on the terrorists of the Islamic State. The President held a number of meetings during which he spoke of the sacrifices of the Peshmerga forces, the severity of the cruelty of the terrorists of the Islamic State and the role of the Iraqi forces, the Peshmerga forces and the coalition in rebuilding the affected areas and more specifically Mosul after the liberation. The President reiterated his position that the post-liberation planning of Mosul is of equal significance to the military operation.

President Barzani held meetings with James Mattis, the U.S. Secretary of Defense who reiterated the position of support to the Kurdistan Region from the United States. He also met with Edward Nalbandian, Armenia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. Minister Nalbandian officially invited President Barzani to visit the Republic of Armenia.

The President also met with Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mohammad Javad Zarif. The two sides discussed the bilateral relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Kurdistan Region and stressed on the importance of strengthening those relations for the mutual benefit of the Kurdistan Region and Iran.

Among the series of the important meetings President Barzani held while in Munich was with Iraq’s Prime Minister, Haydar al-Abadi. President Barzani and Haydar al-Abad praised the Peshmerga and Iraqi forces for the excellent coordination between them during the ongoing Mosul operation and hoped that military cooperation can be elevated to other areas of cooperation and coordination between Erbil and Baghdad. 

The President also met with Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah, the Deputy Prime Minister of Kuwait. President Barzani and Mr. al-Sabah spoke of the historic ties between Kuwait and the Kurdistan Region and the importance of further strengthening those ties for the mutual benefit of the people of Kuwait and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Part of the series of the meetings held in Munich was with Mike Pence, the Vice President of the United States. Vice President Pence and President Barzani discussed the importance of the relations between the United States and the Kurdistan Region and how that relationship has severely damaged the terrorists of the Islamic State who pose a direct threat to the entirety of the free world.

The President also met with Antonio Guterres, the Secretary General of the United Nations. The President congratulated him for the position and wished him a successful tenure. President Barzani and Secretary General Guterres discussed the existential threat of the terrorists against world peace and defeating the terrorists must be seen as the duty and responsibility of all of humankind.

During the two-day conference in Munich President Barzani held several other important meetings with world officials from different parts of the world. Among those meetings was with a bipartisan congressional delegation from the United States, members of the European Parliament and a number of security and military officials.

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