Washington, DC, USA (us.gov.krd) – A delegation headed by Kurdistan Region Security Council Chancellor Masrour Barzani met Monday with US National Security Advisor HR McMaster, Senior Advisor to the US President Jared Kushner, and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Tom Bossert, and other National Security Council staff, pictured here. Mr Kushner is not pictured, although he joined the meeting shortly after the photo was taken.
The delegation included Chief of Staff to President Masoud Barzani, Dr Fuad Hussein, and Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States, Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman.
During the meeting they discussed issues of mutual interest in the region, including the fight against ISIS and the ongoing humanitarian crisis. The American security officials spoke of the many friends that Kurdistan has in the United States. The KRG delegation thanked the US for providing critical assistance to Peshmerga forces. Mr Barzani set out the challenges facing Kurdistan and Iraq after ISIS is defeated militarily since many of the problems that led to the creation of ISIS have yet to be resolved. They also discussed the mechanisms of peaceful dialogue and negotiation that will shape future bilateral relations between Kurdistan, Iraq, and the US.
Separately, the delegation met the State Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, Jonathan Cohen to discuss the fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
The delegation will meet other State Department and Department of Defense officials this week.