Washington, DC, USA (us.gov.krd) – High-level delegation from the Kurdistan Region met with senior officials at the State and Defense Departments in Washington. The delegation was led by the Kurdistan Region Security Council Chancellor Masrour Barzani and included Chief of Staff to the President Dr Fuad Hussein and KRG Representative to the United States Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman.
The delegation met separately with Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Ambassador Stuart Jones and Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS Brett McGurk to discuss the progress of the war against the ISIS terror group, and the humanitarian crisis that has displaced nearly two million Syrian refugees and internally displaced Iraqis into Kurdistan. They also discussed the dialogue and new political settlements which to be negotiated as necessary conditions for future peace in Iraq.
Chancellor Barzani, Dr Hussein, and Representative Abdul Rahman were hosted for a meeting at the Pentagon with Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Ken Handelman and Major General Rich Clarke, Vice Director of Joint Strategic Plans and Policy. Mr Barzani thanked the United States and Coalition for providing critical support to Peshmerga forces, in particular the airstrikes that played a major role in helping to liberate territory from ISIS, the training and equipping of Peshmerga units, and the financial support given to Peshmerga in 2016. They also discussed the progress of the war and the importance of negotiating good-faith political settlements as an element of security and stability. The Acting Assistant Secretary and Major General Clarke valued the sacrifices made by the Peshmerga forces and highlighted their important role in the fight against ISIS.